Hilton Sydney partners with Vinnies to help the homeless

29/06/2011

Hilton Sydney has entered into a three-year, $100,000 partnership with St Vincent de Paul Society to help Sydney's homeless.

The Hilton's commitment includes providing food and volunteering on Sydney’s Night Patrol, a monthly supply of meat to the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo and event support for the Hotels Have Hearts Gala dinner that has raised more than $2.1 million to support Vinnies homeless services.

To mark the launch of the partnership, 12 of Hilton’s international Vice Presidents will be stocking up the Sydney Night Patrol van with nutritious meals prepared by Hilton Executive Chef Gary Johnson to be handed out to the homeless community on Thursday 30 June.

The Hilton's support follows Hilton Worldwide Vice President Operations Australasia Ashley Spencer's participation in the 2010 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Since that night, Ashley has been committed to doing more to help the homeless.

“With 105,000 homeless people in Australia, it is the role of business, charities and government to work together to try and ensure that more people do not fall through to the abyss of homelessness,” Ashley said.

St Vincent de Paul Society Community & Corporate Relations Manager Julie McDonald said it is encouraging to see how the Vinnies CEO Sleepout has inspired the Hilton team to do that little bit more to address homelessness.

“Through this new partnership, not only will Hilton staff directly help through volunteering, but the provision of food to Night Patrol and the Matthew Talbot Hostel will offset many thousands of dollars of costs that can be redirected to other services,” Julie said.

“We hope that Hilton’s initiative will encourage many more businesses to think outside the box in addressing this insidious issue.”


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