We are proud to announce our inaugural #4UpDay has raised in excess of $700,000 in less than 24 hours, smashing the target of $576,000 and setting a new fundraising record for Lighthouse.
Thanks to the power of four, celebrity backing and the generous donations made by supporters from across Australia, the funds raised will enable Lighthouse to change the lives of twenty young people on the streets in Melbourne by bringing them into a Lighthouse Home to break the cycle of homelessness.
All donations made on Wednesday, June 14 were quadrupled, matched four times by private funders of Lighthouse Foundation.
Celebrities who got behind the campaign include Pia Miller, Joel Creasey, Ricki Lee Coulter, Sigrid Thornton, Deborra-Lee Furness, Charlie Pickering, Mick Molloy, Jo Stanley, Bev Brock OAM, Alicia Loxley, Betty Who, Tom Gleisner, DJ Havana Brown, Scherri Lee Biggs, Rebecca Harding, Kyal and Kara Demmrich, Gem Watts, Josh Kennedy, Dan Hannebery, just to name a few.
Lighthouse Founder Susan Barton AM said this is the largest and most successful fundraising appeal in the Foundation’s history.
“Thank you to everyone from the bottom of our hearts here at Lighthouse Foundation who got behind our inaugural 4UP Day and helped it to go viral online, demonstrating there is power in numbers as we tackle the cruel cycle of homelessness.
This campaign will not only bring more attention to the serious issue of youth homelessness facing Melbourne, but it will change the lives of 20 very traumatised young people, children and babies who through no fault of their own have become victims to homelessness.”
Over 1000 calls were made on June 14 by Lighthouse Foundation volunteers to supporters who made donations.
A bonus round was declared at the 12 hour mark, when new corporate partners – Swimwear Galore, Computers Now and Australian Toy Association – pledged further support by donating $80,000. Another Bonus Round was opened thanks to private donors Ralph Todisco and Dessie Kontis who took us to $700,000.
The Foundation provides homeless young people from backgrounds of long-term neglect and abuse, with a home, a sense of family, and around-the-clock therapeutic care that is trauma informed and proven to work.
For over 25 years, Lighthouse has successfully supported over 800 young people to break the cycle of homelessness, move into employment and educational opportunities, and overcome damaging life experiences.
There are over 44,000 young people under the age of 25 homeless in Australia every night. Help Lighthouse to end youth homelessness.
You can still donate via to help more young lives via: donate.lighthousefoundation.org.au.