On the chilly evening of June 20, Justine headed off with her partner, her pillow and her pyjamas to the WACA grounds to take part in her fourth CEO Sleepout to raise money and awareness for the homeless.
Organised by St Vinnies, the annual event attracts well known figures and plenty of media attention nationally. WA CEOs raised over $1m on the night, every cent of which goes directly to support those in need.
JC and Kim Gilbert, CEO of Zenith Insurance Services
Perhaps more importantly, it busts a few myths about who is homeless and why. Many people are surprised to learn that a significant proportion of the homeless are young people, families with children and the elderly—regular members of the community whose lives have been turned upside down by divorce, unemployment, illness or domestic violence. We heard some pretty moving stories directly from those who’ve been through it and come out the other end.
JC in PJs ready to get to sleep
The night was cold but the rain held off and most people managed to grab an hour or two sleep under the stars; this CEO is pathetically grateful she doesn’t have to do it night after night.
Fellow CEOs and Board Directors are encouraged to book in for the same time next year—lets swell the numbers and the coffers!
JC with partner Garry Ellender, CEO Access Housing