Intersect's Ian Gibson and SIRCA's Mike Briers slept rough with 220 other CEOs on June 18 as part of the St Vincent de Paul Society's Winter Appeal. At time of writing, the CEO Sleepout has raised $587,687.
Over 105,000 Australian men, women and children will sleep rough this winter. As part of their 2009 Winter Appeal, St Vincent de Paul invited business and community leaders to experience life on the streets, first-hand. The CEO Sleepout involved sleeping out on a cardboard box overnight at Luna Park, Sydney.
Ian Gibson said, "I gained a small insight into what it means in a practical way to not have access to shelter. What is particularly distressing is that a large proportion of the tens of thousands of homeless people are women and children. Many thanks to those who sponsored us."