The CEO Institute & The Vinnies CEO Sleepout

We are very excited and proud to be a National Sponsor of The Vinnies CEO Sleepout.


When The CEO Institute was searching for a Charity Partner recently, we were seeking an organisation that resonated with our own brand and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda. The Vinnies CEO Sleepout was the perfect fit!

Commencing 2019, we have committed to a 5 year partnership with The Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Members of The CEO Institute around Australia will participate in the state they reside while supported by fellow members and their networks.


2020 Event

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event over one of the longest and coldest nights of the year. Hundreds of CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders sleep outdoors to support the many Australians who are experiencing homelessness. 

This year, the event is faced with a great challenge shared by so many people across the globe. COVID-19 has meant that all of us have had to adjust the way we do things - the way we do business, the way we socialise and the way we help others. So this year, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout is transforming into an interactive online event.

Participants will nominate an alternate sleeping option and will share the experience through an interactive live stream program, logging in with others all around the country.

Who's participating?

Neil Rapley, State Director - NSW


Warren Steinicke, State Director - VIC


Evan Davies, Deputy CEO - Australia & NZ


The Cause

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout helps the St Vincent de Paul Society support Australians all year long. Vinnies' advocacy, education, counselling and housing programs are designed to tackle the root causes of inequality.

Your donation directly assists people experiencing homelessness, by:

  • Funding new initiatives
  • Ensuring existing homeless services, like food vans and emergency support, continue
  • Expanding the reach of our existing programs to ensure every Australian can access accommodation, meals, and emergency assistance when they need it

Vinnies is determined to help break the cycle of homelessness. With support services all over Australia, Vinnies understands that each community is different. That’s why Vinnies services vary between each state and territory.

Reflection of the 2018 CEO Sleepout by Create Engage -

A letter from Laura to Vinnies


Imagery courtesy of Vision Air -