Participating in their 1st Vinnies CEO Sleepout
One night of my time isn't too much to ask, hopefully a few of your dollars isn't either!
I work in the Melbourne CBD, and over the years I’ve sadly become accustomed to seeing the homeless and rough sleepers on a daily basis. It’s heartbreaking to see, and I often wonder if I could do more than spare a little change… Maybe it’s just my perception, but it looks like homelessness has been getting worse in recent years.
This is ironic, as it comes at a time when Melbournians are generally enjoying bigger, better, and newer homes, and for many of us, when we get sick of our homes, we head down to our holiday homes.
I have been nominated by my team to take part in the 2019 Vinnies CEO Sleepout and raise money and awareness for the St Vincent de Paul Society to support Aussies in need. Vinnies, and many other worthy organisations, are doing a great job trying to eradicate homelessness across Australia, and I think it’s incumbent on all of us to try to help!
I'll be sleeping outdoors in the depths of the Melbourne winter as part of an eye-opening experience to raise awareness and bring home the realities of homelessness to a home-grown wog boy like me!
Working with my dedicated team at Touch Projects, we’ve set an ambitious $10k target, and Touch Projects will be matching me dollar-for-dollar.
Will you help me reach my target? The cost of a coffee once-a-week over a year is about two hundred dollars. If you can spare even a quarter of that - $50 - I'd be greatly appreciative...
If you haven’t aligned yourself with a charity this year, then I politely ask you to consider supporting this one (and me!).
I am conscious of the competing pressures of equally worthy charities, and if you’re already stretched, I understand – kudos (that’s Greek for praise!) - just don't expect a Christmas card from me this year...
At Touch Projects, we care deeply about our community. Because we live in it, because it’s ‘ours’, and because it’s the right thing to do… That’s why Touch Projects is matching me dollar-for-dollar. Please help in any way you can to blow our $10k target out of the water… Thanks, Nicko
So far this year I helped provide
Individual support programs
Great effort from all involved. We have reached our goal of $10,000 !!! Thank you
We exceeded our target of $10,000. We have raised a total of $ 13,778. Well done everybody !!
Kx Pilates Kew & Balwyn North
Great effort Nick and Great result!!!!
Designer Kitchens Victoria Theo Sismanellis
Great work Nick, a really good cause.
Urban Maintenance Systems
Great cause, well done , Nicko!
Paul & Gitti Martin
Kudos! to you Nick. Having in recent years moved into St Kilda, it's a common occurrence to see homelessness and rough sleepers; and on a warm summers night when walking, you give thought to them and the situations that bring them to decide on sleeping rough. Then considers these same people during a bleak winter evening, some with no more than a sheet for warmth; while we all go home and for some snuggle up to our partners, wives or husbands, though all of us in a soft, plush bed with quality linen in the comfort of a house or an apartment. Thanks to all your contributors for doing their bit, though more importantly thanks to you and Touch Projects. All the best Paul & Gitti
An excellent challenge to raise money helping provide essential services to the people who need them the most- Keep up the good work!!!
Target now reached ! Well done Nick.
We must all work together to help to stamp out homelessness. Good on you Nick.
Well done Nick! Such a great cause, good luck!
Well done Nick; are you sleeping in a tent for 1 week?
Fantastic effort Nick
Make sure you have the thermals on brother
Steve O’brien Dees Supporter
Go the Dees
Good effort Nicko! Hope you've got a nice comfy pocket-sized sleeping bag...
Well done to you and all the others participating! This should never have to be a 'thing' in Australia, and hopefully one day soon, it won't be! :(
What a fantastic investment of time Nick. A great CEO and a great cause. Well Done! Regards Glenn
Good luck, Nick. A great cause and a good reminder about the blessed lives we live.
You have my support!
Well done Nick.
Good job Nicko! Always so caring and thoughtful.
Good on you Nick
Nick - I think you are enjoying sleeping rough or have you booked at the Hilton???!!!
Well done Nicko, we are proud of you. Keep warm and don't catch a cold.
Great work Nick - if I was in Oz I'd be doing it with you. Best of luck. SH
Great work mate
Great inspire action. All the best.
Good on you Nick, takes one to save one! Here is to your long johns.
Good on you Nicko, great effort for a great cause!
Well done Nick such a great gesture
Nick, great initiative - good luck with the sleepout and hoping you reach your fundraising goal.
Hope you're staying warm tonight!
Well done Nick!