When Neville Tomkins OAM JP, Chief Commissioner for Scouts NSW, first signed up to participate in Vinnies CEO Sleepout eight years ago he set himself a personal goal. 
“I committed to myself I would not rest until I had raised at least $100,000 for homeless people in my local Canberra community,” said Neville.
Last weekend Neville reached his goal. As of this morning he has personally raised $101,300.
“This gives me great personal satisfaction and it has been my privilege to support such a good cause as Vinnies,” said Neville.
“That is not to say I will now give up! Quite the opposite. I will now set myself a new personal goal to support Vinnies through the CEO Sleepout, raising funds for people experiencing homelessness, for as long as my health can sustain it.”
Neville was ready to retire some years ago but heard the inspirational story of a homeless single mother and 2 children sleeping in their car in the middle of Canberra’s winter. 
“The family could hardly afford food let alone run the car’s engine through the night to keep warm,” said Neville. 
“Not only did Vinnies support that family with emergency accommodation and meals, but their Clemente program helped the mother to complete her university studies. She is now in full time employment and in secure rented accommodation. Vinnies gave this family, including the 2 young children, hope for the future.” 
 “We are so grateful for Neville, and people like him, who return year after year to the CEO Sleepout to raise money for Vinnies. His fundraising efforts have made a massive difference in the lives of so many Canberrans. We thank him for his commitment to continue raising awareness of poverty and homelessness,’ said Barnie van Wyk, CEO of St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn. 
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout serves to raise much-needed funds so Vinnies can continue to assist those at risk of or experiencing homelessness, and continue to expand services designed to break the cycle of poverty.
This year Vinnies Canberra/Goulburn aims to raise $700,000 through the event. Currently the 173 participants have raised $345,064.
The event will be held Thursday 20 June at Hangar 47 at Canberra Airport. 

13 June 2019