Calling all CEOs – not long to go so please register for CEO Sleepout

Registrations passed the 28 mark for Wollongong’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout, and with only five weeks to go, Wollongong Central Council President Gay Mason is calling on CEOs to register soon.

On 22 June this winter these CEOs will be sleeping outside raising funds for men, women and children experiencing homelessness in NSW.

“These CEOs understand that without donations from the public, charities like Vinnies could not continue delivering much-needed services to those people at risk in the community,” says Ms Mason.

“Our fundraising target for our sixth year is $150,000. We are expecting great things from the CEOs–as of today 28 have signed up: 16 are first-timers, 12 are women and we have two teams participating.

“The lack of affordable housing has resulted in far more people falling through the cracks and has increased the demand for our services. Homelessness doesn’t have a postcode. It can happen to anyone anywhere–poor health, the loss of a job, family breakdown plus a host of contributing factors can mean that there is no longer enough money to pay escalating rents and bills, and feed a family.”

The fundraising competition between local clubs will be hot with so many clubs participating: Daniel Munk CEO Aster Group, Matt O’Hara CEO Oak Flats Bowling & Rec Club, Michael Brennan CEO Woonona Bulli RSL Club, Allen Shapley CEO Mollymook Beach Bowling & Rec Club as well as St George Illawarra player Kalifa Faifai-loa.

Danny Munk, CEO the Aster Group, has been fundraising has been actively supported by employees of his organisation, industry peers and colleagues and family.

“We have tried to be as involved as we can to raise money. We used our partnership with the Flagstaff Group (Roy Rogers) to join us for a coffee fundraiser, and our employees have donated food for the Vinnies Van. More importantly, they have also volunteered their time on the van,” says Mr Monk.

“I encourage other CEOs to register too. Homelessness in our region is a real issue and needs our support.”