YMCA cube marathon highlights homeless issue
2010: Volunteers from YMCA Norfolk, including the Bishop of Norwich, spent no less than 32 hours imprisoned inside a tiny 4ft x 4ft cardboard cube outside the Forum in Norwich as part of the Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk event on June 11 and 12, to highlight the issue of homelessness in the area.
Volunteers took it in turns to spend several hours each inside the Cube to complete the marathon stunt which also raised cash towards the £1m public appeal to help build 40 self-contained flats as move-on accommodation for homeless young people on Bethel Street in Norwich. in .
YMCA Norfolk was one of 40 different Christian organisations and social action projects who were demonstrating their work at the Celebrate Norwich & Norfolk exhibition being held inside the Forum in Norwich and outside on Millennium Plain all day on June 11 and 12.
YMCA Norfolk Communications & Fundraising Manager, Susie Knights, said: “We were delighted to be part of this amazing event that demonstrates the much needed intervention and support being provided by the Christian community right across Norfolk.
“We wanted to take this opportunity to truly Celebrate but also highlight the ever-present issue of homelessness and hopefully raise some funds towards our new development enabling us to meet the needs of many more young people.”
At the YMCA stand visitors will also got the chance to win an IPod Nano in a YMCA Hats competition and had the opportunity to sign-up for a Sleep Easy homelessness event next January.