It's The Big SleepOut on Thursday - sounds like a jolly-jape, doesn't it?
The truth is I hate doing it. I don't like being cold and I don't like
asking for money. Self reliance has always been my 'thing' - not in an
ideological way, it's neither 'right' nor 'left' - it's more an
Emersonian tenet. But, as I am oft want to say: "I have principles - but if you don't like those one, I have others.".
On Thursday I will forsake my warm bed and sleep on the hard cobbles of
the AUT quad - I know I will be cold. Possibly wet - and that
delightful combination - cold and wet. But I am not doing it out of the
goodness of my heart. I am doing it plumb the goodness of your heart.
In return for my meagre sacrifice, I'm asking you to donate some money
to the LifeWise Trust to help them help people who don't want to be
homeless - but are. (Not the lifestylers though, because they're
rubbish, right? - glad we got that one out of the way.)
Whatever you can afford will be lovely. You are helping make Auckland a more liveable and loveable city. Thank you.