Brisbane business leaders faced the elements at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2016. This year’s Sleepout was colder, harder and harsher for the 125 corporate, government and community leaders who set up camp underneath the Story Bridge, to raise awareness and funds for homelessness. They experienced first-hand just a fragment of what it is like to be homeless.
The latest figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics show that 105,237 people in Australia are experiencing homelessness, with 60% of those under the age of 35. Perhaps surprising to many people is that 44% of these are women, 13% are under the age of 12. More than 24,000 Australians are homeless because of domestic and family violence.
I was really proud to be involved with the CEO sleep out this year! Vinnies do a great job raising much-needed funding and awareness for the growing problem of homelessness in Australia” Dimopoulos said.
A family member who recently passed away, Chief Superintendent Anthony Warren APM (retd.) who was a close family member did some amazing work for Vinnies after he retired from the Victorian Police Force. He was a friend and mentor who talked to me about the importance of helping those most in need in our community. This year will be the first anniversary since he passed away and I think it fitting to continue the wonderful work that he did for Vinnies.
I would like to thank everyone who has donated for their generosity, we are helping to fund vital homelessness support and prevention services to help more than 105,000 Australians experiencing homelessness, as well as thousands more at risk of experiencing homelessness.
Please continue to support me on my fundraising journey as over the next month and share my campaign with your networks so we can all do our part to fight the issue of homelessness in Australia. Queensland has the third highest homeless population in Australia, with more than 44,000 Queenslanders seeking assistance in 2014–15 from a specialist homelessness service such as Vinnies. The Brisbane business community has raised $678,000 so far, which will be used to build a domestic violence housing solution in North Brisbane.
Other participants included Lord Mayor Graham Quirk, Mayor Paul Pisasale, Merlo Coffee CEO James Wilkinson and Queensland’s Leader of the Opposition Tim Nicholls MP.
To find out more information or to donate visit the CEO Sleepout website.