This year, the St Vincent de Paul Society’s flagship fundraising event, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, has gone digital and will be live-streamed on Thursday 18 June to raise awareness and essential funds for Vinnies’ services. The event will be hosted by TV personality Dr Andrew Rochford.

To keep our communities safe during the COVID-19 crisis, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout will take place in backyards, cars and on couches as participants join the event via their phones, tablets or computers to hear stories of people’s lived experience with homelessness and insights into Vinnies’ frontline services and the impact of COVID-19.

“I’ve seen the difference that Vinnies’ services make first-hand, and the Vinnies CEO Sleepout is such an important fundraiser,” Dr Rochford said.

In 2020, CEOs and community leaders from regional areas can also sign up and participants can involve their partners and children – helping the whole family to learn more about the growing issue of homelessness and how they can help. 

The Society’s CEO Sue Cattermole said: “This year, I will be sleeping in my car on 18 June, and I hope CEOs, executives and leaders from all sectors will join me to raise money for homelessness services at a time when it’s desperately needed.

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