On Thursday 22 June I will be spending a night in the cold as part of the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout, I will experience for one night what is a daily reality for over 105,000 Australians. My experience however will come without the despair, sadness, violence and isolation, things that are often tied to the experience of homelessness. I would be grateful for any donation you can make in support of my participation – all donations will support Vinnies homelessness services.
Homelessness is on the rise and I feel compelled to do what I can personally to help Vinnies fight this issue. These statistics shocked and distressed me and prompted me to sign up for the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout:
• 60% of the homeless population is under the age of 35.
• More than 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no permanent home.
• Women and girls make up about 59% of all clients who access specialist homelessness services.
• Between 2006 and 2011 Australia experienced a 17% increase in people experiencing homelessness.
Vinnies is actively involved in early intervention and prevention activities with at-risk groups, as well as operating as one of the leading providers of homelessness servicesin NSW, including crisis accommodation. This means your donations will not only provide warmth and nourishment through beds and meals, but also support the wrap-around services provided by Vinnies including education and lifeskills programs that help people break the cycle of homelessness.
I would be so grateful if you would support my participation with a donation
Each year Vinnies helps over 1.3 million people and they couldn’t provide this assistance without the support of the generous public. Your support means more to someone than you will ever know. I leave you with this quote –
“This is not how I pictured my life. If it weren’t for Vinnies, I would be on the streets. Alone.”
PS Please hold off on any rain dancing until after 22 June!