April 27

    New Zealand has a homelessness problem. And it’s not one we like to talk about.

    In 2006 it was estimated that there were nearly 5,000 people sleeping on our streets. Since then, with the impact of economic crises and the Christchurch earthquake, this number could have grown massively. But no research has been done to ascertain this data – and without the data, we can’t work to fix the problem.

    Enter Gimme Shelter Aotearoa.

    Gimme Shelter believes that in order for real change to occur it must happen at a governmental level – but the government won’t take action unless they have the facts in front of them. So they’re reaching out to you, their crowd, to help them build a phone app to survey rough sleepers. This app will allow members of the public to conduct the surveys and upload that data to the cloud – which means its surveying ability is limited only by the number of kiwis that get involved.

    They need a lump sum in order to get the app created, marketed, and to create explanatory videos – and in return for pledges towards that, they’re offering everything from Kokako coffee to dinner at our alumni restaurant La Boca Loca. We thought this campaign was so well-thought-out that we got in touch with James to hear some more about it:

    How are you finding the campaign so far?

    It’s our first time crowdfunding and it’s been really great getting our project out there, seeing so many people support us and show they believe in our rough sleeper survey. The pledging has been interesting to watch too. The first $3,000 came in quick – in like three days – then the real work began. Pledges have come in from friends, family and a few people outside our crowd which is showing us that people really do care about the issue. Now we just need to find more people to spread our message and Pledge Me campaign too.

    What do you have planned for the rest of your campaign – anything for us to look forward to?

    We’ve just been adding some more rewards and looking to share those with the right people. There is some really nice stuff on there, from food (Little Island dairy free yumminess) and fashion (the incredible NZ made Ingrid Starnes), to Karma Cola, Kokako coffee and hot chocolate to a landscape garden design package by Xanthe White Design! It’s all because of the amazing people in our crowd who have come forward and offered these rewards.

    Anything you want to shout out to your crowd?

    Keep sharing! No seriously, the more eyeballs we get on our page the more we can show how many people really want to see rough sleeping homelessness resolved in New Zealand.

    To find out more and #LetEveryPersonCount, check out Gimme Shelter’s campaign right here.

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