Posted on April 2014 By Speller International
Since 2006, CEOs and Directors have been braving an Australian winter night outside for the annual Vinnie’s CEO sleep out. Starting out as a local community venture in Sydney’s Parramatta, the event went national in 2010 and has raised over $13 million of important funds for Vinnie’s Homeless Services to directly assist people experiencing homelessness.
Being held in 8 capital cities and several NSW rural locations this year, the aim of the Vinnie’s CEO Sleep out is not only to raise much needed funds, but to also raise awareness of homelessness, particularly at the most vulnerable time of year. The end goal is not to just service the current homeless, but to bring about an end to homelessness altogether.
In the 2011 Census, over 100,000 Australians were counted as experiencing homelessness, 58% of those under the age of 35. A staggering 12% were under 12 years of age, and sadly children in homeless families are at most risk of experiencing disadvantage and homelessness over their lifetime.
At the sleepout, CEO’s are asked to bring their own sleeping bag and a pillow (if desired), while cardboard will be provided for them to sleep on, or build a shelter, with a basic meal of soup and a bread roll being served on the night.
The money these CEO’s hope to raise will fund new projects, assist with the provision of existing homeless services and allow Vinnie’s homeless services to expand their programs. Our Director, Nick Speller has signed up to the 2014 sleep out in Victoria and is hoping to raise $5,000 for this fantastic cause.
You too can do your part and donate to help him reach this target, via the below link:
We hope you get behind this great cause and sponsor Nick’s sleep out – we are all looking forward to seeing if Nick has a hanky and ‘sleeping’ cufflinks to match his PJs!