Compass Housing has a team of five participating in this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout, to play its part in helping to end the cycle of homelessness for local people.
This Sleepout will be held in Newcastle on June 21, one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, at McDonald Jones Stadium.
This will be Compass Housing CEO Greg Budworth’s fourth sleepout. Mr Budworth says this year he has four staff members volunteer to participate in the sleepout with him.
He says he supports the CEO Sleepout because homelessness is such a significant and growing issue. More than 116,000 Australians experience homelessness on any given night.
“I hope by doing the Sleepout I provide some awareness to my staff and others in the community of the plight of people who are homeless and the disadvantage they experience,” Mr Budworth says.
More than 50 people are registered for this year’s Newcastle Sleepout and they have so far raised more than $100,000.
Mr Budworth encouraged people to donate what they can to help Vinnies to provide support to homeless people. $55 will feed a family for a day. $105 will provide emergency accommodation for a family in crisis. $505 will help pay rent for a family facing eviction.
The Compass team will join hundreds of other CEOs, business owners as well as community and government leaders to sleep outdoors at 11 locations around Australia to support Australians who are experiencing homelessness. Last year, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout raised $5.6 million nationally.
Compass’ CEO Sleepout team is Kirsten Adam, Debbie Bradfield, Greg Budworth, Michelle Faithfull, Mel Hope.
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