AELERT Chair Sleeping out for Vinnies

Our AELERT Chair, Mark Gifford, will be forgoing the comforts many of us take for granted (think warm bed and hot showers) for one night to participate in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. On Thursday 20 June, Mark will be sleeping on the concrete at White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney as part of the 2019 Vinnies CEO Sleepout. He’s doing this to raise awareness and funds to address homelessness in our community.

The night itself is more than just sleeping in the cold, it’s an educational, emotional journey for CEOs, politicians and community leaders to get a meaningful insight into some of the causes and consequences of homelessness.

Mark is fundraising to support the work Vinnies does to get these people back on their feet. All the money raised will go towards crisis accommodation options for families and individuals, case management and counselling, educational and living skills courses, health services and home packages for people transitioning to housing.

People like Tony and his son benefit from the crisis accommodation and other services provided by Vinnies. Tony stayed at Vinnies’ Vincentian House which is the only family crisis accommodation that also accepts men and teenage boys.

Did you know…

  • More than 116,000 Australians experience homelessness every night, and 32 percent are just children
  • 30% of people experiencing homelessness were born overseas. For many of them English is not a first language, making it even more challenging to find help and access services.
  • People sleeping rough in our towns and cities account for just 7% of those experiencing homelessness – most are less visible, in crowded boarding houses, on friends couches and other unsuitable accommodation
  • Older women are the fastest growing group of people experiencing homelessness in this country

If you’re able to support Mark and help him reach his fundraising target, you can donate here:

Thank you for your support!