“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up…” – John Holmes.
Right now, whilst we are all preparing our family dinners or perhaps heading home after a long day at work, or just settling in to watch out favourite TV series that have been pre-recorded for us, perhaps we should all take a second to think. To really think. Did you know that there are 100,000 people experiencing homelessness tonight, with 17,000 of these people being children under the age of 12? Can you believe it? We live in Australia, a modern, democratic and civilised society, where in my eyes, homelessness should not even exist!
I am so proud to announce once again, after being involved for four years, that my father, Phil Crenigan is generously raising money for St Vincent de Paul by sleeping out tomorrow night. You’ll find below him speaking so eloquently about the issue of homelessness and why he has been continuously getting involved from the CEO Sleepout 2013.
For those who aren’t aware, the CEO Sleepout is an initiative whereby CEOs, managers and high profile executives get together for one night and quite literally sleep out in order to raise funds for St Vincent de Paul. Last year, 5.3 million dollars was raised and the money has funded new projects, assisted with the provision of existing homeless services and allowed Vinnies homeless services to expand their programs.
With just 24 hours to go, please show your support to St Vincent de Paul as well as my Dad my aiding in his $11,000 target, of which he is so close to! If you wish to donate and be a part of such a worthy cause, then click here. I am so proud of my Dad and of all the CEOs who will be sleeping by his side tomorrow and have so generously given up their time for such a beautiful cause.
So tonight, when you’re wrapped up warm in your PJs and Ugg boots settling on the couch for the evening or out and about braving the cold for the Origin match, think of those 100,000 people who won’t have an opportunity to go home tonight. Despite me always telling you to live a little, giving a little can be just as satisfying.