Following the lead given by Prince William in 2009, a large number of leading Australian chief executives and politicians, including the Leader of the Opposition and former executive director of Australians for Constitutional Monarchy, slept out last night to raise money for the homeless.
Australia’s future king spent a freezing winter night on cardboard boxes next to London's Blackfriars Bridge to raise awarenessf about the work of Centrepoint, a charity for homeless young people, Sky News reported on 23 December 2009.
Prince William is the patron of the charity.
"I cannot, after one night, even begin to imagine what it must be like to sleep rough on London's streets night after night," Prince William said.
"Poverty, mental illness, drug and alcohol dependancy and family breakdown cause people to become and then stay homeless.
"Centrepoint's work — along with many other organizations' — in tackling these fundamental causes is desperately important if we are ever to end homelessness in this country."