Sleeping rough for a good cause
June 16, 2016
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Robert Kennedy, Partner

 

Australia, the lucky country? Over 100,000 people are experiencing homelessness.

Last year, 1300 CEOs slept out in the cold, experiencing for one night what these people experience every night.

This year, I’m doing it too.

On 23 June I’ll be joining more than 100 CEOs in Canberra on the stairs of Questacon for the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Since its inception in Western Sydney in 2005, the annual event has raised over $30 million for services related to intervention and prevention.

In 2016, the aim is to raise $400,000 across the ACT for St Vincent de Paul to deliver services across Canberra and Goulburn to people at risk and currently experiencing homelessness.

I believe one night of being uncomfortable or experiencing disruptive sleep can have a huge impact in terms of alertness and mood the next day. Imagine sleeping like that every night.

This practical experience will give me some insight into how hard it can be for homeless people to hold down a job, continue study or even keep a family and relationship together.

What’s concerning is that half of the people affected by homelessness are women, and a quarter of people experiencing homelessness are under the age of 18.

The statistics are shocking, but you can do something about it.

So far, I’ve raised over $900 of my $5000 target.

Did you know that just $40 provides hot meals for 10 people sleeping rough?

This is your opportunity to be part of the change and I appreciate every contribution – big or small.

Thanks for your support!

Robert Kennedy