Thanks to the combined efforts of the 111 community and business leaders who last night braved a cold and foggy night sleeping out at the WACA, have managed to raise a record $1,204,816 for Vinnies homeless services.

ABN Group’s Managing Director Dale Alcock managed to edge out Crown Perth’s Barry Felstead and take out the top fundraiser prize for a second year running, raising an incredible $148,030.00 ahead of Barry’s $95,821.

Vinnies CEO Mark Fitzpatrick said he is always inspired by the ways many CEO’s take on the cause to raise not only money but awareness of the issue of homelessness.

“We are lucky to have such incredible support from the WA community and its business leaders, including Andrew and Nicola Forrest and the Minderoo Foundation,” Mr Fitzpatrick.

To help with fundraising incentives and raise money, the Minderoo Foundation matched people’s donations once they hit a certain tally total;
•    Raise $20,000 and a $10,000 donation is added to the individuals fundraising tally
•    Raise $10,000 and a $3,000 donation is added to the individuals fundraising tally
•    Raise $5,000 and a $1,500 donation is added to the individuals fundraising tally

“There are currently around 13,000 people experiencing homelessness in WA, and despite the stereotypes, the reality is that the majority of these people are under the age of 35 - people in the prime of their life who have become trapped in a cycle of disadvantage,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

During the evening the CEOs heard from some of the young people that had been helped by the organisation, which was a sobering reminder of why Vinnies services are so important.

The Sleepout event, which was held in all capital cities last night – on the longest night of the year, is the biggest source of funding support for Vinnies homeless services.

“This was a very successful year and I want to thank all those who got involved and supported the event,” Mr Fitzpatrick said.

The leading fundraisers were:
Dale Alcock, ABN Group - $148,030
Barry Felstead, Crown Perth - $95,821
Peter McBain, Brierty - $86,701
Graeme Prior, Hall & Prior Aged Care - $52,626
Brian Kelly, Kentz Pty Ltd - $49,729
Bob Bollen, Benz Industries WA Pty Ltd - $47,050
John Welborn Equatorial Resources Limited - $46,050
Raymond Tan, Tan and Tan Lawyers - $33,086
Steve Gostlow, Toxfree Solutions - $32,170
Shane Ball, Swan Group - $31,670

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