Carnegie Days & ‘Sleep in the Park’ – working together to end homelessness in Scotland.

Carnegie Days & ‘Sleep in the Park’ – working together to end homelessness in Scotland.

After four hugely successful years, Carnegie Days 2017 is just around the corner, bigger and better than ever. In previous years the popular event has attracted well-known names from the world of business and arts, including Sir Tom Farmer, Sir Tom Hunter, Liz Lochhead and Ann Budge, who have all attended as guest speakers. 

Thomas Moffat, Creator and Director of Carnegie Days, has decided to expand 2017’s event to include a ‘Carnegie Connections’ Reception at The Scottish Parliament on St Andrew’s night (Thursday November 30th).  The reception will be used to support a cause Thomas feels passionate about – Social Bite’s forthcoming ‘Sleep in the Park’ charity event which will take place in Princes Street Gardens on 9th December.  ‘Sleep in the Park’ – the World’s largest sleep-out will have live music from a host of stars including Liam Gallagher, Deacon Blue and Frightened Rabbit.  Bob Geldof will join those sleeping out, and there’ll even be a bedtime story from John Cleese!

Thomas said, “It was always our intention to build Carnegie Days into an event that would have a positive impact and a philanthropic heartbeat –  the only way we could ever truly acknowledge the phenomenal legacy left by Dunfermline born Andrew Carnegie. I had spoken to Josh Littlejohn from Social Bite a few times, and it soon became apparent that not only would he be the perfect speaker for our fifth annual Carnegie Business Breakfast, but his ethos and goals for Social Bite also had a strong parallel to what we wanted to achieve. By Josh speaking at our breakfast and also at our Holyrood reception we have an opportunity to involve and introduce businesses to our shared take on Carnegie’s philanthropic and humanitarian ideology. In turn we can hopefully convince them that by supporting ‘Sleep in the Park’ & ‘Carnegie Days’ they will be making a significant and positive commitment to help eradicate homelessness in Scotland.  Who knows where this new partnership could lead, and what exciting and positive new synergy it could create?

Josh added, “Social Bite are delighted that Visit Dunfermline and their Carnegie Days events are supporting ‘Sleep in the Park’ and taking our message to the people of Dunfermline, Fife and beyond.  Andrew Carnegie’s philanthropic legacy is internationally renowned and I am convinced he would approve of this partnership, in a combined effort to eradicate homelessness in Scotland. We are urging people to get involved by signing up for ‘Sleep in the Park’ via the Visit Dunfermline website.  “Together we can, and will, make a difference for some of Scotland’s most vulnerable people”.

Thomas and Josh recently paid the US Consulate in Edinburgh a visit to meet US Consul Susan Wilson.  Susan A. Wilson, Principal Officer of the U.S. Consulate General Edinburgh, said:  “I am looking forward to the Carnegie Business Breakfast in November to celebrate the Scots-American icon, Andrew Carnegie.

“Carnegie is a giant of the U.S.-Scotland relationship; no story about America can be written without recognizing his contribution to my country.  The philanthropic legacy of Andrew Carnegie should inspire us all to write the next chapter in our shared history, helping ensure the U.S.-UK/ U.S.-Scotland friendship remains vibrant for years, decades, and centuries to come”.

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