SCG to host 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout

April 6, 2017

The SCG will host the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout on June 22 as part of an effort to raise funds and awareness for homelessness in Australia.

Executives from across the country will gather at the SCG to spend a night in the cold, learning about the support services Vinnies offers and hearing firsthand from people who have experienced hardship.

A number of senior executives from the precinct will be taking part including Todd Greenberg from the NRL, Kelle Storey from the Sydney Swans, Sam Graham from AFL NSW and Andrew Jones from Cricket NSW, who united to help launch the event on Thursday.

Jamie Barkley, SCG Trust CEO is delighted to host the Vinnies CEO Sleepout at the SCG. “The SCG is affiliated with a number of charities but this could be our biggest event yet.

“Sport unites Australians from all walks of life and this is a brilliant opportunity to put homelessness in the spotlight. It’s something that largely goes unnoticed in society and the Trust is proud to help raise awareness and much needed funds for the cause.”

 Jack de Groot, CEO St Vincent de Paul Society NSW said: “It’s great to see these major codes setting aside their differences and getting on with the business of supporting those in need and raising significant funds for our services.

“Our CEO Sleepout is in its 12th year now and building on the successes of previous years, we’ve set our fundraising target at $2.3 million. The vital funds will be used to support our frontline services including the Mathew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo.”

“The theme this year is Homelessness Doesn’t Have a Postcode because at Vinnies we know first-hand that no matter what suburb or town you live in, there will be people experiencing homelessness or at risk.”

Todd Greenberg, NRL CEO is looking forward to the experience “Like all the CEOs coming along to this year’s Sleepout, we want to be able to give back to those in need. Homelessness is a growing issue and I know how vital Vinnies is for those experiencing hard times. It doesn’t matter what sport you follow, homelessness could affect anyone. Homelessness doesn’t have a postcode or a sporting code.”

“Could there be a more perfect venue for all these passionate sporting CEOs to gather and learn more about homelessness for this year’s CEO Sleepout than the SCG?”

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