Southern Cross Group CEO Sam Johnson has once again taken part in the annual Vinnies ‘CEO Sleepout’ to help raise money and awareness for the plight of the thousands of homeless people struggling during these dark winter nights. More than just a networking event, this endeavour hopes to engender real empathy from those for whom homelessness is often so far from mind. Beginning as a local community venture in Parramatta in 2006, the Sleepout has now grown to become an annual event that raises upwards of $5,000,000 for charities dealing with this ever worsening issue.
Sharing his experience of the event Sam Johnson stated that he had the chance to meet Rabbi Dovid Slavin (founder and director of Our Big Kitchen in Bondi, Chaplain to the NSW Ambulance service, co-founder of Gift of Life Australia, and director of The Rabbinical College of Sydney & Yeshiva College) as well as Monika Tu – Director of ‘Black Diamondz Property Concierge’.
Speaking after the event, with the cold of the cement still fresh in his bones, Mr. Sam Johnson had this to say:
“Last night I joined over 1,400 CEOs across Australia to take part in the 2017 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.
In doing so, I gave up many of the familiar comforts that are often taken for granted. My warm, comfortable bed was replaced with cold, hard concrete. My safe and secure home with a cardboard box. A hearty, homemade meal with a humble cup of soup.
It was a cold, uncomfortable and restless night but I would not trade a minute of it because it gave me a very small glimpse into the harsh reality that over 105,000 people are faced with every single day.
No one deserves to live this way. Especially not the 17,000 children who make up part of this figure.
Tonight, I will be back in my own warm bed. But unfortunately, this is not an option for the men, women and children who have no home to return to.
Just because the event has come to an end, it does not mean that Australia’s homelessness crisis is even close to ending.
It’s not too late to sponsor me at ceosleepout.org.au and help invest in real solutions for people without a home.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT”