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Australia’s 7 million Renters Urged to ‘Tackle’ Youth Homelessness for 2015 AFL Grand Final


Australia’s leading dedicated rental property website and business, Rent.com.au, is encouraging seven million renters across the country to stop and address youth homelessness during the AFL final series in partnership with Ladder, the official charity of the 2015 Toyota AFL Finals Series.

As the national number of homeless people rises to over 100,000, the recently ASX listed Rent.com.au is offering all renters a chance to win their rent back for the month of October, with their rental amount being matched dollar for dollar directly to Ladder (to the value of $2500).

Directly supported by the AFL and players, Ladder was founded by AFL players in 2007 to address homelessness for young people aged between 16-25, to break the cycle through harnessing the support of the AFL network, industry and players, with mentoring, health and wellbeing programs and empowerment to reach their full potential.

The CEO of Ladder, Mark Bolton, congratulated Rent.com.au on its vision and urges all renters to take a moment during the excitement of the footy finals to help those in need: “We work with AFL players and the broader community to break the cycle of youth homelessness by providing group and individual development programs as well as education, training and employment experiences and opportunities and mentoring to enable them to turn their lives around forever.

“With the national number of homeless now over 105,000 and the youth component at more than 30,000 –the situation is now critical and football offers a unique avenue to bring people together in a positive and healthy environment to make a difference.

“Our programs are backed by the AFL directly and have the support of the players, who work throughout the year to assist young people to transition to independent living and help restore their belief in themselves.

“There are a lot of people doing it tough out there and we urge all 7 million renters across Australia to enter Rent.com.au’s competition to win their rent back during the finals season and join the fight to tackle youth homelessness right across the country.”

In support of Ladder, Mark Woschnak, Founder and CEO of Rent.com.au reinforced the importance of a collective approach to achieving significant results in helping to address youth homelessness: “The stage is set for an exciting AFL Final. We’re proud to be partnering with Ladder and will not only be donating the dollar for dollar value back to Ladder, but also offering a $20,000 support package to help in the awareness of Ladder across Australia. We invite all Renters to enter and the broader property industry, to spread the word about Ladder this finals season.”

To win a month’s free rent (to the value of $2500) – encourage your tenants to visit www.rent.com.au and follow the prompts or enter via rent.com.au’s Facebook site. Competition runs until Grand Final Day – 3 October.

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