On Thursday, June 18, John Hewitt, Managing Director of Yokogawa Australia , will be participating in the CEO Sleepout to raise funds for Sydney’s homeless.
He will be required to sleep overnight on a sheet of cardboard in the forecourt of Sydney’s Luna Park – rain, hail or shine – to have the kind of experience that literally tens of thousands of men, women and children go through every night.
The CEO Sleepout, now in its fourth year, is a fund raising initiative of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Money raised through sponsorship of CEOs participating in this event will go directly towards providing relief to the homeless through crisis accommodation, domestic violence support, access to budget counselling, legal advice and education.
“In a society as affluent as ours, it’s a tragedy that there are so many homeless – the statistics listed on the CEO Sleepout website are quite harrowing. We think we’re going through a challenging period in our industry right now, but at least we’ve all got homes to go to, food on the table, and friends and family to support us,” Hewitt says.
“My objective in participating in the CEO Sleepout is to provide a focus for Yokogawa employees, customers and suppliers to help those less fortunate.”
On one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, John will be sleeping with a group of CEOs who, so far, include Dick Smith, Fairfax Media CEO Brian McCarthy and the NRMA’s Tony Stuart.
To support this cause, please sponsor John’s effort. A $50 sponsorship will provide bedding, a meal and a fresh change of clothes for a homeless person staying at a St Vincent de Paul Society hostel or refuge. A $100 sponsorship will help equip the Vinnies Night Patrol vans with the food, warmth and friendship they bring to homeless people across our cities every night of the year.
A $500 sponsorship will enable a homeless person to complete a lifeskills course, preparing them to re-enter the community and make a contribution to society. A $1,000 sponsorship will enable a survivor of domestic violence and her children to make the supported transition from a St Vincent de Paul Society refuge into independent housing.
Sponsorships can be made through the CEO Sleepout website.