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This campaign aims to end homelessness worldwide

Words by Abi Scaife

Braving a 150km trek from Zurich to Davos in early January might not be everyone’s cup of tea - but for Homeless Entrepreneur, it’s more than just an extreme New Year’s resolution.

Homeless Entrepreneur is an organisation fighting to end homelessness worldwide, by connecting people experiencing homelessness with those who can help them - either by providing work, or a place to stay. These connections help people without a home or work into stability and safety.

Smiley News has had the privilege of interviewing Andrew Funk, the founder of Homeless Entrepreneur before - and his latest campaign is nothing to be sniffed at.

For The Great Walk, members of Homeless Entrepreneur will be taking on the 150km trek between Zurich and Davos. Each kilometre the team walks represents one million people currently experiencing homelessness. 

The walk will take them to the World Economic Forum (WEF) that is taking place in Davos, Switzerland this year - and coincides with a four-day sleepout in -20C.

Any funds donated to the team for their campaign will go towards helping the cause - and supporting those who are experiencing homelessness.

Alongside raising funds, Homeless Entrepreneur aims to inspire 1% of the global labour force - that’s 33.8 million people - to make positive change and fight for an end to homelessness.

The team will begin their journey in Zurich, Switzerland - the most expensive city in Europe - on the 9th of January, and will travel through freezing temperatures all the way to Davos, Switzerland. 

Along the way, they will be able to have important conversations with those they see about the homeless epidemic we are currently experiencing - about the millions of people without a stable living situation, and encourage them to take up the discussion.

If you want to get involved with Homeless Entrepreneur, you can visit their website. Alternatively, if you want to donate to their campaign you can do so here.

Charity check-in 

At Smiley Movement, we like to elevate the work of charities across the world. Here are three charities whose causes align with the themes in this article.

St Mungo’s. St Mungo's is a leading UK homelessness charity supporting over 3150 people every night. Help us end homelessness and rebuild lives. Support them here.

Centrepoint. This charity supports homeless young adults aged 16-25, and aims to end youth homelessness in the UK. Find out more here.

Emmaus. Emmaus is a UK based charity and community working together to end homelessness. Learn more here.

This article aligns with the UN SDG No Poverty and Decent Work and Economic Growth.

This article aligns with the following UN SDGs

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