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, The CEO Institute has 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.
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. Each CEO Sleepout participant commits to raising thousands of dollars to help Vinnies provide essential services to the people who need them. Last year, The Vinnies CEO Sleepout raised a record 6.9 million dollars for people experiencing homelessness. This year and beyond, we believe that we can proactively support this wonderful initiative by promoting participation and / or sponsorship amongst our members nationally and help to make an even bigger impact.
"This year I am raising funds and awareness of homelessness in Australia. I'll be replacing my warm and comfortable bed with a piece of cardboard and little all else for a night under the stars in mid-winter. It's a very small sacrifice, when too many others have little alternative. Often, the stories that are told by people about their road to homelessness are truly tragic and sometimes we just need a helping hand / lucky break / an angel to get back on our feet in troubled times. Any spare cash, however small, that you donate will make a difference. Thanks".
Neil Rapley, State Director - NSW
"I am participating in The CEO Sleepout for the first time and am looking forward to making a contribution to our most disadvantaged citizens. The thought of not having a roof over your head at night, sleeping rough in a country as advanced as ours is still a tragedy and anything that we can do to help will make a difference. If you can see your way to making a donation it will be greatly appreciated".
Warren Steinicke, State Director - VIC
"This year I'm taking part in The Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society to support Australians in need. For one night, I'll be sleeping outside as part of an eye-opening experience to raise awareness and bring home the realities of homelessness. To help break the devastating cycle of homelessness, I need your support. Will you help me to reach my target? Donating 50 dollars can make a huge difference to people who need it most".
Evan Davies, Deputy CEO - Australia & NZ
Reflection of the 2018 CEO Sleepout by Create Engage - createengage.com.au
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:
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.
A letter from Laura to Vinnies
Imagery courtesy of Vision Air - www.visionair.com.au