Brad Stephens

Director at Bayset Pty Ltd
Location: Brisbane

Participating in their 1st Vinnies CEO Sleepout

One night isn't a lot, but it can make a whole lot of difference

Every night, thousands of Australians experience homelessness. But it doesn't have to be that way. This year I'm taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise money for the St Vincent de Paul Society to support Australians in need. For one night, I'll be sleeping outside to raise awareness and reflect on the realities of homelessness.

Originally, I was not going to participate in this event and leave it to my business partner Mal Ferraro to carry the flag. However, upon reflection and considering how fortunate I have been in my life with a wonderful wife and family and a successful business that just radiates a culture of caring, committed people, has made me rethink my involvement.

I’ve also reflected on my own situation as a young child after my father died at age 42 and left behind my mother, sister and I at the young ages of nine and seven.  I remember vividly my mother spending one night per month volunteering for the Red Cross at the RBH to thank them for the assistance they gave while my father was ill and working a full time and two part time jobs to keep a roof over our heads and food on the table. Without the help of a close group of lifelong friends we may well have been in the same situation.

We live in a world where the divide between middle class and poor is becoming greater every year and this points to an ever-increasing demand for the services of Vinnies and the many other altruistic organisations that work closely with those in need of the greatest assistance.

Those of you who know me well will know I don’t generally speak much about my past and am by nature a private person however, I tell my story as part of this journey and ask you to join me by donating to this very worthy cause. Any amount will help make a difference.

 

Thank You

So far this year I helped provide

24

Individual support programs

65

Beds

261

Meals

Latest Donations

Rla Polymers

From RLA Polymers on behalf of Troy Hogan

$1.5k
Grant Prosser

Well done Brad! A great effort getting involved in this one!

$1.01k
Vinnies Dollar Matching

$1,000
Collis Marketing Service

What a great cause! All the best from the team at Collis Marketing Service.

$515
Don Mcdonald

Well done Brad. Enjoyed reading your story. Hope you sleep well - Red Wine or a bad book might help......

$510
Walter Kuch

Good on you Brad

$505
Adrian Brocken

Mal, Good on you we all need to think more about those who are down on their luck.

$500
Cdk Stone Pty Ltd

$250
Stephen Conry

Well done Brad and good luck.

$208
Jo Butterworth

Good on you Brad..Gracie would be proud xx

$200
Stephen Evans

Well done Brad

$200
Jay & Mando

For a great cause

$144
Joan Mcdonald

$125
Judy Howard

$125
Anonymous
$125
Greg Smith

$125
Adrian Pembroke

Go Brad

$125
Warren Ormiston

Great cause Brad

$120
Anonymous
$104
Bryan Meddings

$104
Atul Sharma

$57
Chris Goddard

Brad, don’t get scared and stay warm, maybe a hip flask would help great cause mate

$57
Glenn Drew

$55
Sarah Ryan

Fantastic cause Brad. Pete and I will have a coffee waiting for you in the morning.

$52
Anonymous
$50
Taryn Cowie

Good on you and best of luck Brad!

$40
Anonymous
$26

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