RANGERS fans are being encouraged to sign up for this year’s Big Ibrox Sleep Out to raise funds for a Glasgow charity.
The event will be held on Friday, November 26 and Saturday, November 27. It will give supporters the opportunity to sleep outside overnight in Ibrox Stadium to highlight the issue of homelessness as well as raise vital funds for Glasgow City Mission’s Emergency Winter Project.
The club’s longstanding partnership with Glasgow City Mission is now in its 7th year and this season, half of the funds raised will help the charity as they care for the most vulnerable people in Glasgow this winter.
The remaining funds will support the Rangers Charity Foundation’s life-changing work in the community.
Jack Geddes, marketing and fundraising manager at Glasgow City Mission, said: “We are so grateful to the Rangers’ supporters and the Rangers Charity Foundation for their on-going support of our work in Glasgow.
“Each year, for the last seven, you have made a huge difference to our guests’ lives by ensuring we have been able to bring people in from the cold and wet and attend to their needs.
“Last year, for example, 87% of our guests had a positive housing outcome. This is fantastic, and it could not have been done without your support. Thank you, from all at Glasgow City Mission.”
Sleep Out participants will spend the night at Ibrox either on the technical area pitch-side or in the stand (under cover) if the weather is wet and will get a small glimpse of the nightly conditions experienced by people in the city who are street homeless.
Fans taking part will be asked to bring along warm clothing and a sleeping bag and the Foundation will provide a ground covering, hot soup and beverages and a hot breakfast in the morning.
As places are limited, all participants are asked to raise a minimum of £100.
Rangers kit sponsor 32Red has pledged its generous support and will kick-start every participant’s fundraising by donating their first £10 of sponsorship.
32Red will also sponsor the hot breakfast provided for everyone.
Connal Cochrane, Rangers Charity Foundation director, said: “Thanks to supporters, previous Sleep Out events have been hugely successful events that have done so much for homeless people in our city, raising over £210,000 for homelessness projects to date.
“It is a cause close to the heart of our supporters and we are proud to be playing our part in trying to end homelessness in the city of Glasgow as well as bring awareness to this important issue.”
A registration fee of £20 per person is applicable. The age limit is 16 and over but anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
Due to the time of year, weather conditions may be extremely cold. All participants must ensure they are physically able to take part in the event, and if necessary, check with their GP.
To take part, visit shop.rangerscharity.org.uk/e/36, call the Foundation on 0141 580 8775, or e-mail email@example.com.