Further to Michael Marquette’s article on the growing number of homeless people in Sydney, I wanted to mention one of the organizations offering human services to people experiencing hunger, homelessness and poverty is our tireless charity, the St Vincent de Paul Society. With nearly 40 homeless services including hostels, women’s refuges and family services, their work never ends.
On 18th June this year, St Vincent de Paul ran a fund raising event with a difference – the CEO Sleep Out. CEO’s from all industries were asked to give up their comfort for a night to eat and live as a homeless person does. Each CEO was asked to obtain sponsors, ranging from $50 to $1,000. Although not totally living as a homeless person, they did have shelter from the rain, warm clothes and a sleeping bag. However, all will tell the story of the cold, the sleeping on a piece of cardboard, a bowl of soup and a roll for dinner, a bowl of porridge for breakfast, the loneliness and despair.
To date, $614,599 has been raised from this event and money is still coming in. This is now an annual event and although Marquette Turner were unable to participate this year (we missed the boat when it came to registering), we will definitely be there next year.
To view the site CEO Sleepout – Rise to the Challenge, view: http://www.ceosleepout.org.au/