Why I’m Participating in the CEO Sleepout 2017

Every night across Australia more than 105,000 Australians experience homelessness.

This statistic is both shocking and preventable.

One of the common misconceptions in regards to homelessness is that it mainly affects middle-aged or older men when in fact, 60% of the homeless population are under 35. Of those, 44% are women.

The CEO Sleepout raises crucial funds for the Vinnies homeless service who work hard to provide shelter, food and safety for those who have the misfortune of experiencing homelessness.

More than 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no home and they represent 17% of the overall homeless population.

Every night, Vinnies provides crisis accommodation facilities to thousands of Australians. A donation to the Vinnies CEO Sleepout helps fund Vinnies homeless services in capital cities and regional centers.

It is up to us all to respond to homelessness and help the most vulnerable in our society from becoming another statistic.

Watch Splinter’s story below and hear his advice to others.

You can support them and me on my night out in the cold by donating.

David Egerton-Warburton