Record Number of CEOs Brave the Cold to End Homelessness

The 2019 Vinnies CEO Sleepout is on track to reach its fundraising goal of $7 million, giving a welcome boost to services for people experiencing homelessness.

So far, it has been a record haul for the annual fundraiser, now in its 14th year.

“What we’ve seen here overnight tells us that despite some of the bad things happening in the world, Australians are still generous people at heart,” said Vinnies NSW CEO Jack de Groot, who slept out at White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney.

“We’ve been running this event for 14 years and it gives us such hope to see more and more CEOs taking part every year.

“Since the CEO Sleepout first started, we’ve raised more than $50 million for counselling, healthcare, accommodation, food and other vital services for people facing homelessness.

“Every dollar counts, but the Vinnies CEO Sleepout is about more than money. It’s about acknowledging that both governments and businesses need to do more for people doing it tough.

“There is an urgent need for more affordable housing and measures to decrease the cost of living in Sydney, and we hope that’s a message that the CEOs will be taking home with them.”

Last night’s group of 370 business, government and community leaders was the largest turnout for the Sydney CEO Sleepout to date. More than 1,600 participants took part in cities and regional centres across Australia.