Commit Works CEO out in the cold for charity

Paul Moynagh, our Commit Works CEO, is one of hundreds of leaders across Australia who will spend a night sleeping rough to raise money for homeless Australians this winter.

Vinnies CEO Sleepout

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event over one of the longest and coldest nights of the year. The event, held in major cities across the country on 21 June, raises money for people experiencing homelessness. Sleepout participants, including CEOs, business owners, and government and community leaders, commit to raising thousands of dollars to help Vinnies provide food, accommodation and essential services to those who need them.

Last year’s CEO Sleepout brought in an amazing $5.6 million – this year they hope to raise over $6 million.

Who needs help?

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, 100,000 Australians are experiencing homelessness. Of these:

  • 60% are under 35
  • 44% are women
  • 13% are under 12 years old.

Where will Paul be sleeping?

On 21 June, Paul will spend the night sleeping without shelter at Brisbane Powerhouse in New Farm from 6pm to 6am.

“Most of us lead very comfortable lives, and it’s within our means to help others in our community who are having a difficult time,” says Paul. “This initiative by Vinnies really challenges us to empathise with Australians who are experiencing homelessness. It’s probably going to be a long, uncomfortable night for me but it’s nothing compared to what some people go through. I’m happy to be representing Commit Works and raising this much-needed money.”

How can you contribute?

Want to donate? You can sponsor Paul on his night out in the cold via his Vinnies CEO Sleepout fundraising page – he’s aiming to raise $5000.

You are also welcome to sponsor other CEOs, teams or the event itself.

If you’re a business or community leader who’d like to take part, or if you fancy nominating your boss to sleep outside for a night, you can also register yourself or nominate a CEO.

How is the money spent?

You can find out more about how last year’s funds were spent in each State on the event website.