A home is a right, not a privilege


Event Details

When: 6:00pm Thursday 20 June 2019 to 9:00am Friday 21 June
Where: White Bay Cruise Terminal, Rozelle

About the CEO Sleepout

Since its inception in 2006, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout has raised more than $49.8 million to fund Vinnies homeless services across Australia. This unique event enables business leaders to actively combat the issue of homelessness by learning more about the issue themselves.

2019 Vinnies CEO Sleepout Aims

  • Bring the issue of homelessness to the forefront, inspire action and effect long-term change.
  • Attract 1800 participating business, government and community leaders to take part in events held at 11 locations across Australia.
  • Attract corporate Australia to host “Community Sleepouts” with their staff base, raise awareness and take part in the events their CEO is fundraising and supporting.
  • Over the past 14 years, we have raised over $49.8 million nationally to support Vinnies’ homelessness services.
  • In 2018 over 1400 business leaders raised $6.9 million across Australia.
  • The national target this year is to raise $7 million
  • The Sydney target is to raise $2 million. We can only achieve this with your help.
  • Homelessness is growing. Each night around Australia more than 116,400 people are experiencing homelessness. This is a shocking increase of 37% since the last census in 2011.
  • Alarmingly 41% are women, many accompanied by children. Domestic and family violence continues to be the leading cause of female homelessness in Australia with the number rising.
  • More young people are experiencing homelessness than ever before. Nearly 60% of homeless people in 2016 were aged under 35 years, and 42% of the increase in homelessness was in the 25-34 years age group (up 32% to 24,224 persons in 2016).

The CEO Sleepout

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a unique way for business leaders to actively combat the issue of homelessness by rising to the challenge and experience a small portion of what it is like to sleep out themselves for a night. The night is an experiential, no frills affair. CEOs are given nothing more than a beanie, a sheet of cardboard, a cup of soup and are responsible for finding a place to bed down for the night. The event is an educational experience that takes the CEOs on a journey and aims to break stereotypes by detailing the different faces of homelessness in Australia.

The money raised has funded new projects, assisted with the provision of existing homeless services and will allow Vinnies’ homelessness services to expand their programs to assist people experiencing homelessness through crisis accommodation, assistance to obtain semi-permanent and permanent accommodation, domestic violence support and access counselling, life and occupational skills, legal advice and education.

In a country as prosperous as Australia, it’s unacceptable that over 1 million people are experiencing poverty, with many more on the fringe.

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