Sleep-out to aid Vinnies. Malcolm Turnbull


Dear Neville,

The mark of a great society is the way it treats the neediest and most vulnerable.

Next month, I will be joining St Vinnies in their annual CEO sleepout – business and political leaders used to warm beds will be sleeping outdoors on a chilly winter night to raise money for the homeless.

The campaign will raise badly needed funds so St Vinnies can continue the important work they do in helping the homeless break the cycle of despair by offering them short term crisis accommodation, counselling and opportunities for education and training.

Last year the sleepout raised $5.3 million, of which just over $36,000 was raised in support of my sleepout. So I am hoping to outdo that figure this year!


The money raised last year funded important programs around the country including:

  • $146,000 for literacy and numeracy programs for homeless people at the Ozanam Learning Centre in Sydney.
  •  $310,000 for outreach services, including counselling and material aid packages.
  • $230,000 for 9 crisis accommodation places for women escaping domestic violence.
  • $210,000 in funding of 30 previously unfunded crisis accommodation beds at Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo.
Yours sincerely,

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