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David Smith

Senator for ACT at Australian Labor Party
Location: Canberra

The Vinnies Sleepout is one way where together we can make a significant difference to many families' lives

In May this year I became a Labor Senator for the ACT. It provides me an opportunity, whether it be brief or longer, to help place the issues around homelessness and poverty further up the political agenda.

Until recently I was the Director of Professionals Australia and  I worked with science and engineering professionals every day who aim to make our city and country work better for everyone whether it be through our roads, water, electricity and offices and homes.

Over the last ten years years we have seen substantial new housing developments across the city yet Canberra still has a significant homeless problem with the cost of housing beyond many families and nationally more than a 100,000 Australians experience homelessness. Safe, sound and secure housing is a fundamental human right and the key to addressing poverty and social inequality.

The Vinnies Sleepout is a great way to make a practical difference to many of our fellow Canberrans who desperately need support and I'm happy to be involved again. This year as well as sleeping out I am walking 790kms - you can find out more here:

http://http://www.facebook.com/caminodecanberra

Just $200 could relocate and establish a homeless person into one of the Society’s homeless accommodation services.

So far this year I helped provide

17

Individual support programs

46

Beds

184

Meals

Funds raised over the years

Latest Donations

Anonymous
$410
Anonymous
$360
Jake Centenera

$310
Anonymous
$308
Brendan Forde

$213
Anonymous
$213
Meg Daly

Go well David! Meg Daly

$213
Anonymous
$213
Anonymous
$213
Anonymous
$205
Sue Rutter

$205
David Smith

$205
Lizia Centenera

$205
Anonymous
$155
Beverley Turello

I would like to participate in Camino walk as well. Maybe Mt Arawang to Kambah pool.

$109
Bryce Wilson

See you there Dave, great work 🙌🙌🙌❄️

$109
Liesl Centenera

Happy to support this excellent cause to raise awareness of an issue that is often overlooked in Canberra.

$109
Paul Van Belkom

Go for it David......I think I've helped you reach your funding goal😁. Glad the Pink Arrows are giving you incentive to get out of bed at 5am......or is your better half kicking you out🤣🤣🤣

$109
Anonymous
$105
Domenico Lombardo

$100
Michael Hughes

Senator, this is a tough thing to do and I am stoked you are doing it. A former leader in the APS, Neville Tomkin is doing it for Scouts. He's a good egg; he once sent himself under cover into operational areas to ask ADF members about what their needs were. He did it because he wanted an honest view of their needs. I am lucky to have two people in my life that are doing this challenge.

$88
Thomson Tang

Well done Dave!!

$78
J Rheese

Well done Dave.

$57
Nathan Bartlett

$57
Poni Ravula

$57
Dewi Darby

Good on you Dave!

$57
Andrew Mccrossin

$57
Owen

Keep up the good work in Canberra, David

$57
Anonymous
$57
Tara Cheyne

$55
Josh Bolitho

$55
Anonymous
$55
Helen Marshall

$55
Michael Butler

$55
Belinda Kelly

$55
Chris Steel

$55
Greg Hollis

$55
Robert Sirr

$55
Karin Macdonald

Well done Dave on both the sleepout and your Camino. And also on a brilliant first speech in the Senate.

$52
Julie Gordon

$50
Chris Long

$50
Howard Allen

Stay warm David!

$42
Tom Lindenmayer

$30
Gabrielle Blair

Good luck

$26
Annette Byron

$26
Charmaine And Simon

It’s go time Senator Smith

$25
Marcus Hassall

$21
Glen Mcdonald

$21
Anonymous
$20
Judy Miles

$20
Niall Cummins

$15
Eilleen Eugenio

Thank you Dave for walking with my daughter and her team today!

$10

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