Andrew Seaton, Santos’ Chief Financial Officer, will brave the elements in this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout at Adelaide Zoo to help raise funds and awareness about homelessness.
The sleepout will take place on Thursday, 16 June, in capital cities across Australia. The event challenges business and community leaders to experience homelessness first-hand for one night, raise important money, and change social opinions on this serious issue.
Last year, nearly 700 executives in seven cities raised $2.9 million to directly assist people battling homelessness. All money raised has gone towards new projects and existing services, and allowed Vinnies to expand its programs to assist the homeless through crisis accommodation, domestic violence support and access to counselling, life and occupational skills, legal advice and education.
Andrew’s participation complements Santos’ major partnerships with Common Ground, where Santos has funded accommodation and services in Adelaide and Port Augusta to help break the cycle of homelessness, and Adelaide Zoo, where Santos has helped establish the Santos Conservation Centre, a community space to raise awareness about nature conservation issues.
>> You can donate to Andrew's fundraising for Vinnies here.
About St Vincent de Paul Society
The St Vincent de Paul Society's 40,000 members and volunteers work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the society operates in 130 countries and has more than 950,000 members.
A significant part of the society’s work includes helping those affected by the various stages of homelessness through accommodation services, refugee, asylum seeker and migrant service, mental health support, and home visitation.
Nearly half of Australia’s 105,000 homeless people are women and about 30% are children. The most common reasons for homelessness are family breakdown, unemployment, drugs, alcohol and domestic violence.
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