Participating in their 9th Vinnies CEO Sleepout
One night isn't a lot, but it can make a whole lot of difference
always been a strong advocate for youth, especially disadvantaged youth.
He is currently the Chief Commissioner, Scouts Australia (NSW Branch) and
Honorary Commissioner, Scouts ACT. In NSW, Neville's role is to reposition the
organisation so it can play a vital and exciting new role in all communities of
NSW – both city and country. His vision is to substantially increase the number
of youth across NSW participating in the world renown Scout program.
Neville served 6 years as the International Commissioner of Scouts Australia.
His work across the Asia Pacific Region attracted various international
recognition awards. He is currently the Chair of the Asia Pacific Governance
As Chief Commissioner of ACT Scouts for almost 10 years, Neville played an important role in rebuilding Camp Cottermouth, which was destroyed in the 2003 Canberra bushfires. He has actively supported and promoted the Family Support Fund which helps disadvantaged youth participate in Scouting activities and is currently the Vice President of The Arthur Shakespeare Foundation for Scouting.
Neville has served the ACT community for 40 years including as a Justice of the
Peace, and as a life time blood donor (he is about to reach the milestone of 425
donations). He is also a White Ribbon Ambassador. In 2010, Neville received the
Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for his services to the community,
particularly his youth leadership. In 2012, he received the Highly Commended
Award in the Community Service category, as part of the ACT Volunteer of the
Neville recently retired as First Assistant Secretary with the Department of Defence, following a 35 year career with the Commonwealth Public Service, including 25 years as a Senior Executive. His is now volunteering full-time for community based organisations.
Neville has been appointed as an Ambassador, for 2 of his years participating in the campaign, including in 2019 which marks the 10th Anniversary of this wonderful initiative.
So far this year I helped provide
Individual support programs
Funds raised over the years
Good on you for persistence in a great cause!
Bill And Katharine Ranken
Congratulations and good luck with a great cause.
What an inspiration, keep up the wonderful work not only leading our Organisation but helping the needy!
It is a great cause Neville and I hope you can reach your fundraising target.
Thanks Neville, your sacrifice continues to help many.
Good Luck Neville!
Thanks for your commitment to such a great cause.
Neville, you are truly "building a better world and playing a constructive role in society."
All the very best for a very worthwhile cause.
It’s very warm where I am with the heater on Neville. Thinking of you as I sip my coffee!
A very worthy cause - well done. Ian
Jan And Janice Steinfurth
Happy to support you again in this worthwhile challenge. Good luck and good Scouting
well done - great contribution
Neville, hope you get a reasonable nights sleep and not too cold or wet. See you soon.
Best wishes Neville and lets hope you keep dry this year!
Good on you!
Well done on offering your on-going support Neville.
Great effort Neville
My old bones ache just thinking about it. Good on you Neville.
Robert [bob] Davies
Happy sleep-out, Neville! (It'll be neither happy nor comfortable, but for a good cause.) May many more CEOs join you in this important charity.
Thanks for your passion in supporting homeless youth.
John F Booth
Sydney North Region Rovers
This is a worthy cause and one that we are proud to support in the hope that it helps youth, like us, who are in need.
Congrats Neville on an ongoing and uncomfortable commitment to Canberra's homeless.
Molly And Sophie Dixon
Supporting your inspiring leadership. Catriona, Molly and Sophie Dixon
Well done Neville.
I hope you have a mild night and a good sleep.
Thank you, Neville
Frank And Judith Barr
BZ Neville. I hope the weather is kind this year.
Good on you
Good luck this year Neville!
Justine & James Douthwaite
Another great example of your commitment to youth. Well done Neville
A privilege to support neville in this altruistic endeavor. best wishes from John.
Jeff And June Harrison
Try and stay warm on the night.
Best of luck, hope the night is warm!
Dianne Van Meegen
With best wishes Neville. Congratulations to you and those who sleep out in support of such a great cause.
enjoy the moment
Neville, true to form the weather has turned just in time for your annual sleepout - here's hoping at least it stays dry! Wishing you all the best for the event and thanks again for the opportunity to be involved.
Thank you Neville for support this worthy cause.
Neville I continue to be impressed by your efforts. Well done mate! Best regards, Bill
Thank you for conrtibuting to those less fortunate in the community and in so many ways. A worthy cause.
A worthy cause, Well Done Neville
Very important cause!
As ever Neville a worthy cause and an amazing contribution by you.
This is a fantastic initiative Neville and your participation makes a difference.
Best of luck, Neville!
Colleen Godsell Am
As always Neville you lead by example! Well done.
Great work Neville!
Great work, Neville!
Cheers Neville Tomkins! Well done.
The Curtin/UWA Research team wishes you a warm sleepout! And to all people who have to sleep outside night after night.
Keep up the great work ..
Raksha - Duntroon Campbell Cub Scout Group
This is a wonderful undertaking, Neville, & I am happy to be able to assist in a very small way.
Neville, you’ve had plenty of experience sleeping under canvas. I hope it stands you in good stead for sleeping under cardboard! Thank you for supporting this vital fundraising event.
We offer our congratulations with respect to your willing participation in such a worthy cause.
Neville, I have the utmost admiration for the work Vinnies (in conjunction with you and your fellow CEOs) does to help the homeless. Keep up the fantastic work! Cheers, Alex
Best wishes for the evening.
Keep up the good work