VIDEO: Sympathy Sleepout challenge set for Bloem

Bloemfontein businesses, company executives as well as community members are being challenged to spend the night on the tarmac of the Windmill Casino parking lot right in the middle of winter. PHOTO: MOEKETSI MOGOTSI

Windmill Casino will soon play host to Bloemfontein’s very first Sympathy Sleepout and Bloemfontein Courant is challenging corporates to join them in participating in this event.
The initiative is aligned to the CEO Sleepout, the global donation drive aimed at raising awareness and empathy for homelessness and poverty by challenging business leaders to spend one night only under the stars in order to raise funds and collect items for the needy. Similar Sympathy Sleepouts will simultaneously take place countrywide on
28 July this year.
On the night the parking area behind the casino will be set up with cardboard boxes, soup and coffee stations, as well as bon fires.

Windmill Casino Marketing Manager, Leigh- Anne Moss, who is part of the organising committee for the Bloemfontein Sleepout, says the donation drive isn’t just aimed at businesses and company executives. “Our aim as Windmill is to get as many stakeholders, service providers, businesses and individuals from Bloemfontein to take part in the Sympathy Sleepout,” she said.
“We have selected four of our local beneficiaries from Bloemfontein who are in dire need of funds. Those funds are not necessarily monetary, but giving your time or giving your second-hand goods could make a difference,” she added.
The benefactors who will be assisted with the collected funds are Bloem Shelter, Shilo Home, Lesang Bana Day Care Centre and Olympia Primary School.
Johan de Bruyn, Licensing Manager for the Free State Gambling and Liquor Authority (FSGAL), says he’s hoping to bring a few of his colleagues. He sees himself spending the night in the bitter cold. “The needs of the institutions that were flighted (at the launch) here today are quite important. We’ll try and attempt to fill those needs.”
Health & Safety Co-ordinator at Windmill, Elmarie Fitzmaurice, says they’re focusing on getting between 100 and 200 people. She added that just this one night of discomfort could make a huge difference in the lives of others.
To confirm your participation or for more information, call Leigh Anne Moss or Lucius Geduld at 051-410-2000. – Moeketsi Mogotsi