Vinnies CEO Sleepout Fundraising
As warm days begin to fade, the weather will soon change. Although a relief for some, for others it means cold nights and further suffering. That’s why we are so proud that our CEO, Michael Fox, is supporting Vinnies CEO Sleepout. For Michael, it’s his 4th night sleeping rough, as he’s joined the challenge for four years running. For others, it’s their everyday life. The money we raise will enable Vinnies to support even more people.
Watch the video produced of last year’s event to learn more about homelessness here:
About homelessness in Australia
More than 116,000 people in Australia don’t have a safe and secure place to live, including an increasing number of young people and older women.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused great uncertainty for people around the world and at home. Many face the prospect of falling into homelessness due to job losses and financial insecurity.
Homelessness is a complex issue that cannot be solved with simplistic, short term solutions. It affects people of all ages and backgrounds who find themselves without a safe and stable place to live; Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as recent migrants are disproportionately affected.
Of those people experiencing homelessness in Australia, around 8,200 ‘sleep rough’ in improvised dwellings, tents or outdoors. But the majority of people facing homelessness are living in cars, on the couches of friends or family, or in overcrowded, temporary or unsuitable accommodation.
There is no single cause of homelessness. A shortage of affordable and available rental housing, domestic and family violence, poverty, unemployment, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, financial crisis, exiting state care and/or prison, and economic and social exclusion are all factors that contribute to the current state of homelessness in Australia.
About the Vinnes CEO Sleepout
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises money for crisis accommodation, food, healthcare, counselling, education, employment, and support to find a permanent home for thousands of people across the country.
Hundreds of business, government and community leaders sleepout on one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, gaining a small glimpse into the daily reality for tens of thousands of Australians.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event will be live-streamed with participants taking part from their Participants will nominate to sleep in either their cars, on their couches or in their backyards to gain a sense of the housing insecurity faced by thousands of Australians every night.
Our KMT Partners CEO, Michael Fox is one of approximately 1,000 leaders in the Australian business, government and community sectors who will be taking part in the first online Vinnies CEO Sleepout! On June 18, he will be sleeping outside in his backyard as part of an eye-opening experience to raise awareness and bring home the realities of homelessness.
Nationally, almost $60 million has been raised since the Vinnies CEO Sleepout first started 15 years ago in This year’s fundraising goal is $2.4 million nationally.
To help break the devastating cycle of homelessness, we need your support. When our CEO, Michael joins Vinnies CEO Sleepout, he’ll only be cold for one night. For others, it’s their lifestyle.
We can all make a difference and that’s why we’re seeking your support for Michael’s fundraising and for Vinnies. $55 feeds a family for a day and $120 will keep them warm this Winter.