CEOs sleep rough for homelessness

Executives at the CEO Sleepout launch in Canberra yesterday (Twitter/VinniesAust)

Thousands of business leaders will swap their warm beds for concrete when they experience a night on the streets at the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout in June to raise money to battle homelessness. Source: News.com.au.

The 2018 event was launched nationally on Wednesday with organisers hopeful of raising $6.4 million. 

Founder Bernie Fehon said it was one of the biggest fundraising events in Australia. 

“I think it's very important on many levels,” he told AAP at the Sydney launch in Rozelle.

The CEO Sleepout has raised $36.5 million since 2006, and Mr Fehon said it had also helped change the way executives approached the problem of homelessness.

“It makes for more compassionate chief executives,” he said.

Canberra-Goulburn Archdiocese announced Archbishop Christopher Prowse will take part in the Canberra CEO Sleepout on June 21, sleeping outside in the Garden of Australian Dreams at the National Museum of Australia.

Archbishop Prowse said he is looking forward to his involvement.

“My prayer is the hope that it will highlight the huge problem of homelessness in our country and lead to practical assistance for the needy,” Archbishop Prowse said.

Some of the executives swapping their warm beds for the cold concrete on June 21 include CH Asia Australia's Caroline Hong who has been participating in the Sleepout since 2010 and said it held special importance because of her own experience with homelessness.

“I experienced homelessness when I was 12 for a short period.”

She said the event had helped change her own perception of homeless people.

“The biggest change is really demystifying and really changing the perception for other people,” Ms Hong said.

“We need to acknowledge their existence, I think that's very important. And not to judge them."

Sleepouts will be held in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and a number of regional hubs on June 21.

Details: www.ceosleepout.org.au

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