Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Victoria's business leaders help #RemovetheRisk of homelessness

Vinnies Victoria's annual flagship fundraiser, Vinnies CEO Sleepout, was held on Thursday 17 June 2021. The event saw business and community leaders sleep rough on one of the longest nights of the year to raise awareness and much needed funds to help change the lives of Victorians experiencing homelessness. 


View the broadcast (below) and be inspired by our good works:


This year’s theme is Remove the Risk – as homelessness in Victoria is expected to rise by 13% due to the pandemic, according to the Equity Economics report – Vinnies believes that one sector alone can't ‘solve’ the issue of homelessness but, through working together as a community, real changes can be made.

For the second year, due to Victoria's COVID-19 restrictions, Vinnies hosted an online event featuring powerful stories of people who have experienced homelessness and have been assisted by Vinnies Victoria.

Australia’s much loved actor and producer, David Wenhamgenerously donated his time to MC the two hour broadcast and share his own personal connection with Vinnies.

Our presentation includes:  

David Wenham has a personal affinity with Vinnies because his father, Bill, was a volunteer for more than 50 years .

“My dad was a real inspiration in so many ways, but his commitment to helping out people who needed a hand in the community is something that’s with me every day. I’m supporting Vinnies because I know the incredible impact they can make in one family’s life. They made a huge difference to my father when he was a child and that spurred him on in adulthood to give something back through ‘good works’ for Vinnies.” 

View David's personal story

Karryn & Dallas – a couple who was unsure of the future and found themselves living in a tent and expecting a baby; to being resettled into a three-bedroom house and raising their son, all through the help provided by Vinnies volunteers.

View Karryn & Dallas' story


Diana Connell – becoming homeless with her children after fleeing family violence, Vinnies helped Diana into safe accommodation while she got back on her feet. A few years on, she has set up her own business as she has no superannuation. Her story speaks to the financial distresses particularly affecting older women.

View Diana's story

Spotlight on Dandenong – our volunteer James Tudehope takes us on a challenging journey in Greater Dandenong where 40% of the population are from groups deemed ‘most at risk of homelessness’. Our local Soup Van service brings hope to people living in the area.

View our Spotlight on Dandenong

Moj Rezai – is a refugee who arrived here in 2010 as an unaccompanied young teen after losing his parents and five brothers during the war in Afghanistan. Moj has received support from Vinnies with rent, food and utility bills, and he has also given back by volunteering at his local Vinnies Shop. His story touched the hearts of many when it appeared in the ABC documentary Miriam Margolyes' Almost Australian. Following his appearance, Repco reached out to see how they could help and now Moj has a job that he loves with a work family to support him too. 

View Moj's story


 Help #RemovetheRisk
 of homelessness