Rain, hail, frost or snow, with a sheet of cardboard, a pillow and a sleeping bag, Ken will be sleeping outside to help the St Vincent de Paul Society to raise awareness of the real facts of homelessness and support their efforts to break the cycle of poverty.
Ken is a firm believer in helping others. “We are part of the community and have a responsibility to give back where we can” he says. “If we can help each other out there are better outcomes for everyone.”
UPDATE: Ken survived the chilly -5 degree night at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout in Canberra’s Civic Square. He raised more than $2,600. The event raised nearly $430,000 in the ACT and $5 million nationally. You can still donate.
About the CEO Sleepout
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a unique way for business leaders to raise awareness and important funds in support of essential homeless services across the country.
There are more than 100,000 Australians who find themselves homeless each night of the year. Just under half of these are women; a quarter are under the age of 18.
Vinnies place an emphasis on breaking personal cycles of poverty by helping people to learn to make better decisions through a range of education programs, recreation activities, and extensive information and referral services in a safe and supportive environment.