Local Ipswich News publisher, David Johnston, learnt the value of a comfortable bed and pillow the hard way recently when he took part in the Vinnies 2022 CEO sleepout.
He did originally have a pillow for the night out, but Ipswich Food Barn manager, Qim Kauwthata, decided to donate $500 to his fundraising by purchasing his pillow.
That left David with just a sleeping bag and three pieces of cardboard for a chilly eight-degree night in the open. David was joined by four mates for the sleepout and together they contributed more than $15,000 to the appeal.
Overall, the sleepouts around Australia raised more than $9 million to support people experiencing homelessness, domestic violence, and hardship.
National president of Vinnies, Clare Victory, said the funds will help ensure her organisation can provide hot meals, safe and warm beds and support services for people experiencing disadvantage for the year to come.
The St Vincent de Paul Society provides compassionate and respectful care to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness across Australia every day.
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is an experiential event that both educates participants about homelessness and raises crucial funds to allow the Society to provide services to people in need.
Leaders from a wide variety of organisations, government and community groups who participate in the event heard directly from people with lived experience and learn more about this complex issue first-hand. in need to put food on the table, pay essential bills, stay in their homes, and keep their kids clothed and at school,” Ms Victory said.