Merici College students will join business and community leaders from all over Australia tonight when they brave the cold to sleep outside for this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

‘Merici College are wonderful supporters of Vinnies. We are so appreciative of their support each and every year – their students doorknock for us, volunteer in our Vinnies shops, run food drives, sock drives and collect items for Christmas hampers,’ said Barnie van Wyk, CEO of the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn.

‘We’ve also been pleased to have Loretta Wholley, Merici’s Principal, sleep out at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout for the past few years,’ he said.

‘The girls are passionate about social justice issues, and strongly support Vinnies in their advocacy, and commitment to breaking the cycle of poverty,’ said Ms Wholley.

‘Each year a number of students sleep out to raise money to fund Vinnies homelessness services. This year we will all sleep out together in the school quad,’ she said.

The 2020 Vinnies CEO Sleepout has been altered this year in order to be Covid-safe. Instead of group events in each major city, participants will sleep in their own safe location and log in to a national live stream.

Participants were given the option of their couch, car or backyard to experience a small taste of homelessness for one night. The timing of the easing of restrictions has allowed for Merici students to join in the activity this year.

‘We’re excited to be able to participate in this event, and hope we can raise much-needed funds for Vinnies services. It’s awful to think of all the people around the country without a safe place to call home,’ said Jacinta Wright, Social Justice Captain at Merici College.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a national event occurring tonight, 18 June 2020, to raise funds for Vinnies services and highlight the issue of homelessness. This year’s event will take place on couches, in cars and backyards across Australia, with participants joining a live-streamed broadcast online.

To donate visit www.ceosleepout.org.au and to watch the live stream of the event go to www.ceosleepout.org.au/live2020.