Kids Under Cover is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness.
We offer young people the unique combination of supported housing options with scholarships
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Kids Under Cover supports vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness by building studios
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David Howells, one of our regular Do It Yourself fundraisers, discovered Kids Under Cover serendipitously in 2011.
“I had just semi-retired and was sitting in a plane reading the paper, and thinking about some new challenges. In this weird ‘zen’ moment, the sun shone in through the window and landed on a full colour ad for the Cole Classic Ocean Swim … and I thought ‘I’ve never done an ocean swim. That’s it, I’m in’,” said David.
“When I registered for the swim I discovered I could choose a cause to support from a list provided to entrants. Through my previous business I had always supported organisations helping homeless people or victims of domestic violence, so Kids Under Cover was a natural fit. I became even more excited when researching the way they work; the sustainability of the accommodation solutions; and the scholarship support they provide,” he said.
David returned for his third Cole Classic Ocean Swim this year, completing the swim 3 minutes faster than the race average – “not bad for an old bloke”, as he put it.
Along the way he raised another $2,100 taking his total fundraising contribution to $7,000 from his three swims and a rally driving day he organised in 2014.
He said he had no qualms about asking for sponsorship support.
“Not at all. Kids Under Cover does such amazing work, it’s a privilege to make people aware of it and encourage their support.”
+ young people helped
+ studios on the ground
+ Kids Under Cover scholarships awarded
+ cars donated