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Principal to join homeless charity event

Our Principal is to take part in a charity event to help the homeless.

Professor Sir Timothy O’Shea will sleep out in Edinburgh on the night of Thursday 15 December to raise funds for homeless charity sandwich shop, Social Bite.

The Principal will join more than 250 influential figures from industry, academia, politics and the media for the Social Bite CEO Sleepout.

The initiative aims to help raise £500,000 to build Scotland’s first village for the homeless in the Granton area of the city.

Homeless village

Social Bite uses 100 per cent of the profits from its five sandwich shops in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen to tackle social issues.

This year’s proceeds will go towards the Social Bite Village project, which aims to provide low-cost, eco-friendly homes and a supportive environment for 20 homeless people at a time from summer 2017.

Last year, Social Bite raised enough money for nearly 73,000 meals, allowing the company to provide free food to homeless people in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen every day for two years.

Overnight stay

The Social Bite CEO Sleepout takes place in the city’s Charlotte Square from 7pm on Thursday until 7am the following morning.

Professor Sir O'Shea will be joined by other principals from the education sector, including Professor Wayne Powell of Scotland’s Rural College and Professor Andrea Nolan of Edinburgh Napier University.

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