CEO Sleepout focuses on domestic violence

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Survivors of domestic violence should not be forced out on to the street, says Sir Peter Cosgrove.


The governor-general has used his address at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout on Thursday to turn the spotlight on women’s homelessness and domestic violence – the focus of the charity event this year.

In the 10th annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout more than 1200 CEOs across the country ditched the luxury cotton sheets and armed themselves for a cold night with the bare essentials – a beanie, sleeping bag, some sheets of cardboard, and a cup of soup and bread for dinner.

However they couldn’t choose all of the winter warmers and instead were given a limited amount of fake money to pick what they deemed necessary.

For Blackmores CEO Christine Holgate, this puts into harsh perspective all those people who don’t have a choice.

“Thirty thousand people sleeping homeless tonight are actually children,” she said in Sydney.

“We’re fortunate. Tomorrow we’ll get up, we might be a bit damp, but we’ll go home to a nice warm bed. These kids won’t.”

Ms Holgate joined 280 other leaders, including Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull, on a very rainy night at Luna Park for the Sydney event.

They heard testimonies from those who have experienced homelessness and the address from Mr Cosgrove, who said the CEOs can only begin to imagine the harsh reality of life on the street from this one night.

“This year’s focus is on women’s homelessness and domestic violence. We cannot, and must not, turn a blind eye to domestic violence,” he said, urging those gathered to do more with their power and influence to create change.

“We cannot let survivors stay on the streets.”

Women and children make up a large proportion of homeless people, according to Coca-Cola Amatil CEO Alison Watkins.

“(It’s) because of domestic violence situations where they feel they have to leave a relationship and they’ve got nowhere to go,” she said, adding that homelessness could happen to anyone.

She said it’s also very easy to make a difference to these people and get their lives back on track.

So far this year the Sleepout has raised more than $5 million.

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