Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises $7 million

Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises $7 million
Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises $7 million

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout held each year across the country has raised $7 million in vital funds for the St Vincent de Paul Society's on the ground services.

The event was held overnight, with the $7 million tally being exceeded by late morning today.

It will go higher as Geelong and Perth will hold their sleep out on Thursday 27 June 2019.

Sydney raised $1.9 million, but the top fund raiser was BankSA Adelaide CEO Nick Reade, who has raised $206,130 so far.

He's followed by Vedran Drakulic, boss of Gandel Philanthropy in Melbourne ($179,198) and ERM Power CEO Jon Stretch from Brisbane ($106,297).

Shayne Elliott at the ANZ raised $43,000 in his first sleep out.

There were many property industry participants too.

Crown Resorts chief executive Barry Felstead raised $59,434, David Hyman, boss of home loan lender Lendi, raised $25,222 and Nathan Casserly, who heads up Ouwens Casserly Real Estate, raised $20,357.

Michele Adair, the CEO at The Housing Trust, slept out at Wollongong.

Genworth Mortgage Insurance Australia CEO Georgette Nicholas, who is shortly returning to the US after five years in Sydney, raise $25,000.

Hotelier Jerry Schwartz raised a record $26,000, on his 10th sleep out, with donations coming from his Crowne Hunter Valley staff.

Laing O'Rourke's Jeremy Matterson raised $11,781, noted his first sleep out had been prompted after seeing homelessness around Sydney's Central Station where he is working on delivering the new Sydney Metro.

Estate agents included Sam Abboud at Woodards Ascot Vale who secured a donation from the Woodards Foundation.

In Sydney R&W Mosman agent Geoff Grist raised $6000 plus on his fifth sleep out, securing donations from other estate agents including Melbourne agent James Tostevin.

The $7 million in total raised equates 619,819 beds being provided, nearly 1.6 million meals and nearly two million individual support programs.

The sleep out is sponsored by The Australian and Sky News, as its national partners.


Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor

Jonathan Chancellor is one of Australia's most respected property journalists, having been at the top of the game since the early 1980s. Jonathan co-founded the property industry website Property Observer and has written for national and international publications.

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