One of Scotland’s leading philanthropists hopes to harness the Christmas spirit to mobilise Dundonians in the fight against homelessness.
Josh Littlejohn will highlight the local impact that supporting national campaigns can have in eliminating rough sleeping at this year’s Dundee Christmas Lecture, a partnership event between the University of Dundee and Dundee City Council.
The founder of the not-for-profit cafe chain Social Bite has helped to raise more than £7 million as part of his mission to eradicate the issue in Scotland, and will be hosting Together We Can End Homelessness at the university’s Dalhousie Building on Saturday at 6pm.
He will use his appearance to highlight the plight of people living on the streets ahead of the city’s first Sleep in the Park event on December 8.
“Nobody in Scotland should have to go to sleep at night without a roof over their head,” he said.
“At this time of year people will think nothing of heading into Dundee city centre to spend hundreds of pounds on Christmas presents, but if we each spared just a few pounds we could help to transform the lives of others well beyond Christmas Day.
“The motto of the University of Dundee is Transforming Lives and that is exactly what Sleep in the Park is about.
“That’s why appearing at this year’s Dundee Christmas Lecture is the perfect place to highlight how we can all help to end homelessness.”