Vinnies CEO Sleepout Fundraising 2021
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 5th night sleeping rough, as he’s joined the challenge for five 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 Vinnies 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 sleep out 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.
Our KMT Partners CEO, Michael Fox will be taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2021! On Thursday 17 June 2021, he will be sleeping outside at Lot Fourteen as part of an eye-opening experience to raise awareness and bring home the realities of homelessness.
Nationally, almost $64 million has been raised since the Vinnies CEO Sleepout first started 16 years ago in Sydney. This year’s fundraising goal is $7.98 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.