In the darkest and coldest part of Melbourne’s winter, our very own Kerry Osborne, flanked by a number of CEO’s and even an ex-Prime Minister, braved Melbourne’s weather and slept ‘under the stars’ as part of the St Vincent De Paul’s annual CEO Sleep Out to raise money and awareness for Australia’s homeless.
With over 104,700 Australians considered homeless (Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006), the fundraising event was created to highlight the plight of homelessness in Australia by challenging business and community leaders to experience homelessness first-hand for one night.
Attracting almost 700 CEO’s in 7 cities nationally, and raising in excess of $2.9 million to directly assist the homeless, money raised has funded new projects, assisted with the provision of existing homeless services and allowed St Vincent De Paul to expand their programs to assist the homeless through crisis accommodation, domestic violence support and access to counselling, legal advice and education.
Supported through donations from many Citywide staff, Kerry helped raise nearly $5500 towards this worthwhile cause.
Commenting on his brush with homelessness, Kerry said, “I survived the night... but only just. Without my iPad and iPhone to keep me warm, I came to the realisation at about 3 am that a cold hard slab of concrete isn’t forgiving on the body, nor is it the best surface for getting a good night’s sleep. I cannot begin to fathom the torment and anguish homeless people go through on a daily basis.”
If you would like to donate to the St Vincent de Paul charity, you can do so by visiting www.vinnies.org.au.