"I’m so proud to be a part of this event, and to be able to contribute to the work Vinnies does to support those in need"
In 2023 I will be participating in my fifth Vinnies CEO Sleepout, spending one night in the cold to help raise funds and awareness for those experiencing homelessness and disadvantage. My involvement in the event has given me a glimpse into the harsh realities of homelessness faced by so many and I feel proud to be to be able to return and help raise funds for Vinnies to address this important issue.
I first participated in this event back in 2019 and in my years as a supporter, I have felt privileged to hear the stories of those who have or are currently experiencing homelessness. Each year is a reminder that this event is about more than just fundraising as we connect and converse with the people that Vinnies serves. These are people who are willing to open up and share their experience with a room full of strangers to help others understand the circumstances that can lead someone to homelessness and what Vinnies is able to do to assist them. As we return to the comfort of our homes the next day, these are the stories that will stay with me.
I would encourage anyone who is considering taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to undertake the challenge and register today. You will leave with not only a greater understanding of the experience of homelessness in this country but a deeper appreciation of what you have and your ability to help make a positive contribution in the lives of others.