I joined 250 other CEOs at Luna Park last night sleeping rough in aid of the homeless. Thank you to everyone who sponsored me – I raised over $3,000 through your kind donations. Altogether 1001 CEOs slept out across Australia and raised over $3.7m to support Vinnie’s great efforts in providing shelter and services to Australia’s homeless.
According to ABS statistics there are over 105,000 Australians homeless every night, including 7,500 families. More than 12,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no home. A further 22,000 young people aged 12 to 18 are homeless, and most of them are estranged from their families.
The widespread tragedy of Mental Illness and family break-ups are significant contributors to homelessness -we can all help prevent these issues becoming tragedies by supporting our staff and our friends through crises and depression. We heard last night from some of the homeless that Vinnie’s has helped – supporting organisations like this makes a real difference by funding them to help people get their lives back on track.
Mark Arbib and Tony Abbott we both there last night – well done guys – as business leaders and taxpayers we should all keep the pressure on the government to keep Mental Health and Homelessness high on the agenda, properly funded and not in the too hard basket.