HOMELESS people are often ignored on Sydney streets but youngster Bailey Fayle-Flutey is on a mission to change this.
Bailey, 9, has a goal to raise $1000 so Swags for Homeless can buy backpack beds to help people who have to sleep in the streets. Each backpack bed costs $68.
"As soon as I reach my goal I'll send another $1000 and keep going and going . . . and going," he said.
Bailey started raising money in October last year and by the end of the year had raised $867. This was sent to Swags and Bailey is raising more money to reach his goal.
His passion to help the homeless started after a trip last year to the Sydney Aquarium with his dad, mum, brother and cousin.
On their way home to Holsworthy, Bailey spotted a man at Town Hall station holding a cup and a sign which read: "I am homeless. Please help if you can".
Bailey became very sad after his mum, Leanne Fayle, explained that the man had no home.
"Mum gave me $2 and I ran back and gave it to the man," Bailey said. "The man said, 'thank-you, what a kind little boy you are'. It made me cry and I kept thinking about it."
Ms Fayle said: "Bailey asked 'Why doesn't anybody care about this man?' He felt really sad that so many people walked past and hardly anybody had given money."
Bailey asked his mum if he could bring the man home to live with them but his mum explained it wasn't safe.
Then he saw an ad about a swag. Bailey wanted to buy one and take it to the man.
Ms Fayle suggested it would be a better idea to raise funds for Swags.
After a fund-raising page was set up Bailey got support from his family, friends and his school. He was awarded a Young Hero Award on Australia Day for his efforts.
The chief executive and founder of Swags for Homeless, Tony Clark, is impressed with Bailey's enthusiasm.
"Swags for Homeless is fortunate to receive Bailey's important assistance and support in the past year," he said.
"Bailey showed outstanding service to help street-sleeping homeless."
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