Vice-Chancellor sleeps out to support homeless

CEO Sleepout

16 June 2014

University of Newcastle Vice-Chancellor, Professor Caroline McMillen, will again trade her bed for cardboard sheets to raise awareness and funds for homeless Australians as part of Vinnies CEO Sleepout on Thursday 19 June.

The event will be held for the second year in Newcastle at Hunter Stadium and will support local programs in our region working to combat homelessness and the hardships associated with living without accommodation.   

"More than 100,000 Australians find themselves homeless each night of the year. The Sleepout is a terrific initiative that provides help for some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our community," said Professor McMillen.

"Last year I took part in the Sleepout for the first time and was extremely moved by the warm generosity of University staff and students, good colleagues and friends when we raised over $10,000 to support this cause."

To support the Vinnes CEO Sleepout, visit Professor McMillen's fundraising page http://www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/nsw-ceos/caroline-mcmillen-university-of-newcastle.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a nationwide event. Every dollar donated to the Sleepout will go towards helping the estimated 105,000 men, women and children who experience homelessness in Australia. 

This year the Newcastle event is supporting the Matthew Talbot Centre at Wickham, a new Breakfast Van to provide food and a connection with those in need in the inner-city, and Hunter families struggling with the rising costs of housing and living.

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