The Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre (MCEC) has thrown its support behind a push to end homelessness by officially formalising its longstanding relationship with Launch Housing this National Homelessness Week.
Taking place from August 1-7, National Homelessness Week aims to raise awareness of homelessness in Australia and the importance of social housing as a long-term solution.
MCEC has committed to the partnership through an employee volunteer program, workplace giving, At-Risk Youth Employment Program, participation in various fundraising events including the ‘Roughin’ It Challenge’.
MCEC chief executive Peter King said while MCEC has long been a supporter of Launch Housing, this marks the beginning of a formal partnership and an ongoing commitment to their vital work.
“By signing a three-year partnership agreement, we are ensuring we can continue to support Launch to realise their ambition of achieving zero homelessness in Melbourne,” he said.
“As a significant part of Melbourne’s culture and economy, it is important that MCEC acknowledge the part we have to play in the wellbeing of the people in our community.”
Launch Housing chief executive Bevan Warner said the MCEC has shown “great leadership”.
“They’re unconventional and dynamic and we’re thrilled to be in partnership for greater impact together, and for our city, in the years to come,” Warner said.