Chris Buckingham

CEO at Casey Cardinia Libraries
Location: Melbourne

Participating in their 4th Vinnies CEO Sleepout

Every dollar you donate will make a whole lot of difference

Every night, thousands of Australians experience homelessness. But it doesn't have to be that way.

I have participated in nearly every Vinnies CEO Sleepout since 2010. I am participating again this year to raise awareness and help people understand the realities of homelessness. It is a wicked problem for our society, but we can fix it if we work together.

As a Library CEO, I am very much aware of the critical role public libraries play providing safe places where everyone is welcome. 

One of the things that libraries do like no other institution is to encourage reading and life long learning.

This year is the 50th anniversary of the publication of the Very Hungry Caterpillar. The publication date is the same day as my birthday - 20 March 1969. To mark this auspicious date I am going to bring some humour to proceedings. 

If you help me reach my fundraising goal of $10,000 I will don a Very Hungry Caterpillar Suit and wear it at the CEO Sleepout! 

Every dollar you donate will make a difference. Vinnies do amazing work on the ground every night of the year. Please join me in helping people who are doing it tough. 

Please note as per last year I will match every donation you make dollar for dollar up to a total of $5,000.

So far this year I helped provide

20

Individual support programs

52

Beds

211

Meals

Funds raised over the years

Latest Donations

Chris Buckingham

Thank you to everyone that helped get me past the $1000 mark. This is the next installment of $500 to match future contributions.

$500
Chris Buckingham

$500
Chris Buckingham

It gives me great pleasure to release the moths from my wallet again and match your amazing contributions. Please keep giving. Cheers (and thank you) Chris

$500
Chris Buckingham

Credit card is getting a hammering this morning - love it! Please keep the donations coming:)

$500
Chris Buckingham

Final instalment of matching dollars from me. A big shout out to everyone who has helped get us to the halfway mark.

$500
Lara Whitehead And Shayne Annett

Well done, Chris! We love your passion and commitment to both our libraries and our community.

$310
Anonymous
$300
Julian Wood Bookseller

Well done Chris! From the team at JWB

$300
Stephen Walters

$200
Christine Hornby

Chris, you're an inspiration! I'd love to help you reach your target and I'd love to help Vinnies support people who are struggling - they do an amazing job!

$200
Cass L’hotellier

Awesome work and commitment Chris. This is such a serious problem here and around the world. No one should ever have to sleep rough, go without food or safety or freeze to death in the winter months. Whilst we work towards a fairer society these small contributions make a real difference.

$125
Anonymous
$125
Maxine Izett

Good on you, Chris! I simply MUST see you in a caterpillar onesie!!

$125
Liz Radcliffe

Love your work (that isn't an instruction - its clear that you do!)

$125
Beth Luppino

You will be snug as a BUG in your outfit!

$120
Patti Manolis

Good on you Chris. An auspicious date indeed!

$100
Premal Niranjan

Well done Chris!! Thanks for flying the flag for libraries in this worthy cause...

$100
Mike & Moira Dobson

So proud of you Chris and admire the support you give to those in need. Stay warm hungry caterpillar.

$78
Catherine Latimer

Crazy cat! Love it.

$57
Margaret Dunn

$57
Robyn Smith

Go the VHC !

$57
Anonymous
$57
Wendy & Steb

Love your work Chris!

$57
Victoria Anderson

Pretty confident you'll be wearing that VHC outfit!

$57
Victoria Whelan

Well done Chris

$57
Jennifer Robson

Thank you for raising awareness for an a very worthy cause.

$57
Anonymous
$57
Paula Smith

Should be more CEOs like you - happy birthday

$57
Barry Rogers

Go VHC, go!

$57
Genimaree Panozzo

You're an inspiration Chris! Fantastic role model for us all.

$55
Ellen Wachter

Amazing work Chris. I hope you reach 10K and wear that hungry Caterpillar onesie.

$55
Sam Benton

All the best for it Chris :)

$55
Melanie M

You are an inspiration Chris!

$55
Sandra Cleave

Well done you and congratulations at turning 50. Its true life really does begin at 50!

$55
Anonymous
$55
Anonymous
$52
Nilupa Mahanama

$50
Marl Smith

$42
Leneve Jamieson

$42
Laura Gorton

Keep warm Chris and well done

$31
Erin Commerford

Well done for doing your bit Chris. A very important issue that we need to talk about and work towards solving for.

$31
Michelle M

$31
Kate Monypenny

Well done Chris! Stay cosy in the caterpillar :)

$31
Maryanne Batson

Hi Chris, as my husband Jason is sleeping out too, I’m supporting his efforts. However, this contribution is for you and wearing the VHC suit!

$26
Sarah Bardsley

Awesome work 😃

$26
Fay Ovenden

$26
Lynn Seymour

Go hungry caterpillar my kids favourite book mine too !

$26
Karyn Siegmann

Good Luck!

$21
Anonymous
$21
Paul & Linda Myers

Well done Chris for making a difference

$21
Titian Brady

$21
Ivy Tucker

$21
Helen Timbury

$21
Clive Dwyer

$21
Narelle Stute

Good for you Chris! Please promise to share a photo of your time as the Very Hungry Caterpillar - and thank you again for committing to such a wonderful cause.

$21
Richard Kerr

Go Chris! I hope it’s not to cold when you sleep out under the stars. Richard Kerr

$21
Jy Walker

$20
Shantelle Walker

Good luck with the sleep out

$20
Marlene Lawrence

$10
Jo Griffiths

Good on you Chris!

$10
Renee Street

Well done Chris on an amazing fundraising effort again! Such a worthy cause.

$10
Anonymous
$5
Anonymous
$5

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