In the jungle, the cold, concrete jungle, the CEO sleeps (perhaps) tonight…
Tulgeen CEO, Pete Gorton joined 1,483 other CEOs around Australia in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise awareness and funds to alleviate and combat homelessness. The exercise asks that CEOs experience homelessness for one night. Pete’s sleepout location is Canberra and tonight the weather is a mild 4 degrees Celsius with a light wind and drizzle. Pete bunks down on the concrete with a cohort of Canberra and region CEOs and leaders including Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove and the former Health Minister the Hon. Brendan Nelson.
Pete arrived early securing himself a prime spot at Questacon
Unlike the many homeless Australians retiring with empty bellies and sleeping rough for real, the CEOs receive a cup of hot soup and a slice of bread for supper as if they were fortunate enough to come across a charitable food van.
Not retiring with a completely empty belly
As part of the experience, the St. Vincent de Paul Society organises a few speakers to provide the CEOs and leaders with information and facts about Homelessness in Australia. It’s quite shocking.
Governor General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Brendan Nelson are among those supporting the Vinies CEO Sleepout
Following the presentation, the CEOs retreat to their secured spots on the concrete outside. Some have better spots than others; more sheltered, more private, undercover, away from security lights…
However, upon exiting the presentation they find the drizzle turned to rain and their sleeping cardboard is wet. This IS the reality of homelessness – there is no reliable shelter.
More reality than anyone bargained for?
The end result as at 9.24 pm is absolutely brilliant: $5,291,004. To all the people who have donated to Pete’s effort raising $2,475 so far you are a PART of something MUCH BIGGER. Together individuals have the power to achieve success and abundance.
Grateful thanks from our CEO, Pete Gorton.
the morning after…
The night was cold and somewhat uncomfortable but thankfully over at 5am and breakfast!!
Pete now gets to jump in his car and drive to Bega to start work
well done Pete we’re proud of you!!