Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2012: bringing hope to the homeless


Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2012 News Story
Participating CEOs bunk down in preparation for the Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2012 at Carriageworks. Photo: Bella Zanesco Photography

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2012 will be held on Thursday 21 June, helping to raise vital funds to address homelessness.

The 2012 CEO Sleepout was launched this week by Carnival Australia CEO Ann Sherry at the event’s new home, Carriageworks.

Ms Sherry spoke about the hidden face of female homelessness and called on other leading female business leaders to join her at this year’s event.

“For me, the number of women and children who are homeless is a statistic and phenomena that we shouldn’t tolerate, and I think that is true of all homelessness,” Ms Sherry said of her decision to join the 2012 Sleepout.

34,000 kids without a place to call home

Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2012 News Story
Ann Sherry AO, CEO, Carnival Australia with former Vinnies client Constance, who has rebuilt her life. Photo: Bella Zanesco Photography

St Vincent de Paul Society National CEO Dr John Falzon spoke about the plight of the many homeless children in Australia, as he called for an end to homelessness rather than the management of this insidious issue.

“Thirty-three per cent of people experiencing homelessness are children or young people. That’s more than 34,000 kids without a place they can call home,” Dr Falzon said.

“Children in homeless families are more at risk of experiencing disadvantage and homelessness over their lifetime.”

The 7th Vinnies CEO Sleepout will take place across the country on 21 June in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Canberra, Adelaide, Launceston and Darwin.

CEOs in the Illawarra region will also sleep rough for a night in support of Vinnies homeless services.

Already some of the country’s top CEOs have registered to take part this year including: Ann Sherry AO, Carnival Australia; Tom Southern, CBRE; Aaron McKie, Hungry Jacks; Sean Kildare, Inpex; Bruce Davidson, Australian Associated Press; Brett Chenoweth, APN News and Media; John Latham, Pfizer Australia; Stephen Porges, Aussie; Andrew Fagan, Brumbies Rugby; Ian Robson, Essendon Football Club; Ron Gauci, Melbourne Storm; Rhys Holleran, Southern Cross Austereo; and Richard Bowden, Bupa Australia.

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