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AU – RRT supported the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout in 4 States in June

Can you imagine what it would be like to be homeless, for one week or even for one night? The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is an opportunity for privileged business people to raise funds and sleep out in the cold for a night to see what it is really like.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is an important meeting of minds, designed to focus the energy of business and community leaders on raising vital funds and awareness for people experiencing hardship.

Perth 23rd June 2017

The Vinnies Society in Australia works hard to assist around 105,000 homeless and others combating social injustice, particularly in areas of; housing, health, finance and education. This event is held annually in every capital city, and raises around 60% of their yearly funds.

RRT Perth volunteers arrived on site on the morning of the 23rd June at 5:00am to start preparing the breakfast for the CEOs who had braved the night in the open. Over the next hour, 70 Bacon and Egg Rolls were served.

This event is about so much more than spending one no-frills night, sleeping on cardboard, in the thick of winter. It supports advocacy efforts on behalf of Australians experiencing homelessness. It brings into focus the impact of poverty on the lives of 2.5 million+ people in our prosperous country.

Newcastle 23rd June 2017

This year, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout supporters raised over $5.6m for people in Australia experiencing homelessness in 2017.

The RRT Newcastle Team began on the morning of the 23rd at 5:00am, having set up their equipment at the McDonald Jones Stadium on the previous evening.

As the CEO sleepers awoke to face another day, shivering in the chill morning air, they were highly appreciative of the breakfast being offered. 86 Bacon and Egg Rolls were served along with juice and the event was completed around 6:30am to spend another day at the office!

Launceston 23 June 2017

Vinnies CEO Sleepout participants see the problem and are part of the solution. They are lending their voices, networks and resources to help.

The Launceston event went very well. As with the other states, RRT Launceston provided breakfast for the attendees of the CEO Sleepout the morning after their night in the open, arriving on site at 5:45am to fire up the BBQs for the Bacon and Egg Rolls.

Adelaide 29th June 2017

In total $619,388 was raised at the Adelaide Sleepout, with the highest fundraising CEO collecting $164,000!

On the evening of 29th June 2017, the SA event took place on the premises of Government House in the heart of Adelaide City. 125 local CEOs rose to the challenge! Despite the drizzling rain on arrival, enthusiasm thrived! Everyone was determined to stick to their commitment, regardless of the weather.

After some presentations and a Fred’s Van Soup Tea, rugged up participants then found a place to sleep under the stars. They were provided with a beanie, gloves and some cardboard for the night.

The Adelaide RRT assisted in the evening providing 175 participants and setup crew with barista coffees, hot chocolates and cookies. RRT returned at 4:30am the following morning to a chilly 4 degrees to start serving a gourmet breakfast. After a damp night in the cold, a hot meal and cheerful greeting was the perfect remedy!

Refreshed from a delicious breakfast and exchanging of experiences, many headed off to work to resume their busy schedule. RRT were delighted to assist Vinnies with such a great cause and look forward to working with them all again. Thanks to the generosity of all CEOs involved, Vinnies is now well funded for the next 12 months.