Homelessness is no urban myth, it’s very real

Alex Land CEO Smarter Communities

Homelessness is no urban myth, it’s very real

[Updated 24/06/2019]

For over 116,000 people nationally homelessness is a reality. An unfortunate reality they would prefer not to experience. And for most of us, hopefully, we will never have to experience.

Statistics show that 63% of all homelessness is found in capital cities like Sydney and Melbourne. These are cities where our offices are located. It’s frightful knowing that many people don’t have a safe place to call home.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is one way to proactively raise awareness about homelessness and the much-needed funds to help those experiencing unfortunate circumstances.

Last night Smarter Communities CEO Alex Lang took part in his very first CEO Sleepout in White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney. Alex set himself a personal goal to raise $5,000 and not only did he meet this, he exceeded it!

As of 24 June, Alex has raised over $8,200 which will:

  • help feed 149 families for a day;
  • help 68 families to stay warm this winter;
  • relocate 27 people to accommodation services; or
  • help provide emergency accommodation for 16 families.

Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2019

    • $55 helps feed a family for a day
    • $120 helps a family keep the power on this winter
    • $300 helps relocate a person sleeping rough to accommodation services
    • $505 helps provide emergency accommodation for a family in crisis

“This was my first CEO Sleepout and whilst one night does not warrant as sleeping rough, nor was I faced with the true struggles of the homeless, I know that I have made a small difference to those who need all the hope they can get.

“More than that, I’ve opened up the conversation with fellow leaders, colleagues, friends and family. The more we can drive awareness, the more we can do to help break the cycle of homelessness.”

In 2018, a record $6.9 million was raised from sleepouts across the country, and this year the goal is to raise $7.1 million. As at the time of publication (21/06/2019), just over $7 million has been raised, only $90,000 short of the goal. What an amazing effort from all involved!

Update: As of 24/06/2019 a total of $7.3M has been raised, exceeding the goal by a massive $200K! Brilliant!

Alex Lang CEO Smarter Communities raising funds at Vinnies CEO Sleepout 2019

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