With temperatures dropping below freezing and a record -6.3 degrees on the day before the official start of winter, business, government and community leaders across the Canberra/Goulburn region are joining forces to fundraise for the 2021 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. The event which is a key mid-year milestone in Vinnies’ fundraising calendar raises vital funds to assist people at risk of or experiencing homelessness in our community.

Each year, a group of committed participants are selected to be ambassadors of the CEO Sleepout to highlight their continuing support and commitment to the cause.  

“We are incredibly grateful to have the support of our champions who passionately advocate for those in need, and support Vinnies programs in various other ways,” said Barnie van Wyk, CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.

Here are some reflections from our 2021 CEO Sleepout champions:

Neville Tomkins, Chief Commissioner, Scouts Australia (NSW): “When I first participated in the CEO Sleepout, I had no appreciation of the enormity of the problem of homelessness and I believe that leaders, businesspeople, government, charities and local communities should work together to create a solution.”

Greg Hood, CEO and Chief Commissioner, Australian Transport Safety Bureau: “This is my fourth time participating at the CEO Sleepout. It can get really cold, but it is a great opportunity to raise awareness of the problem of homelessness that we have in this affluent city that is Canberra. Specifically hidden homelessness that affect so many in our community.”

Dan Cusack – Owner and Director, Revive Landscapes: “I was quite shocked to learn about the numbers of homelessness, particularly in Canberra. Thankfully, there are organisations like Vinnies that are on the pavement and raising funds to make real change every day. It is nice to have a small influence in the results we achieve, and this is why I stay involved with the CEO Sleepout.”

Mirko Milic, Dealer Principal, Canberra Toyota: “This is my 10th CEO Sleepout in a row. I participate every year because the homelessness problem never goes away and as good corporate citizens, we need to keep helping those who are struggling out there every night.”

Steve Lising – Principal Dentist and Director, Preventive Dentistry: “When you do the sleepout, it is only one night, and yes, it is cold and can be very uncomfortable, but there are people who do this 365 nights a year. Homelessness is a real issue, and this is the reason why, with the help of my patients, friends and family, I continue to get behind this cause every year.”

“More than 170 business and community leaders will give up the comforts of home for one night to provide hope and help to those experiencing disadvantage in our community. Together we can help to break the cycle of poverty,” said Mr van Wyk.

“Please support our participants in their fundraising efforts. Your contribution makes a significant difference to those braving the elements every night.”

To donate visit www.ceosleepout.org.au 



  09 June 2021