Sleeping rough for a good cause

David Marlow is an ambassador for Vinnies CEO Sleepout (Image Credit: Yuri Kouzmin).

FAMILY violence, unemployment and mental health are just some of the issues arising out of homelessness, advocates say.

David Marlow is in his third years as a Vinnies CEO Sleepout ambassador.

The Jewish Community Council of Victoria executive director said homelessness did not get enough attention.

“It overlaps with problems of family violence, unemployment, mental health, drug and alcohol problems, and other issues which all concern me,” Mr Marlow said.

“Vinnies does terrific work with its soup vans and in helping find people accommodation and other services.”

He said the sleepout was a terrific educational experience.

“The sleeping arrangements are uncomfortable, but nothing compared to what people really face.”

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout was initiated in 2006 by a St Vincent de Paul Society volunteer in Sydney and has grown into a successful national event, hosted annually during winter.

The funds are used to support vital services for people experiencing homelessness including crisis accommodation, food vouchers, rent assistance, referral services and more.

Since it first started, sleepout has raised more than $36 million.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is on June 22.

For more information, click here: www.ceosleepout.org.au

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Ryan Fritz started The Advocate in 2014 to provide not-for-profits and charities with another media platform to tell their worthwhile hard news stories and opinion pieces effortlessly. In 2020, Ryan formed a team of volunteer journalists to help spread even more high-quality stories from the third sector. He also has over 10 years of experience as a media and communications professional for not-for-profits and charities.

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