An alarming statistic sparked action in Netball NSW CEO Carolyn Campbell, who wanted to do her bit – even if in some small way – to show her support.
Campbell will be participating in the annual CEO SleepOut this Thursday 23 June, which will see chief executives from all industries across Australia get a small glimpse into what life is like for people experiencing homelessness on the streets.
The SleepOut – an annual initiative of St Vincent de Paul – also helps raise vital financial assistance to those who sleep in the cold on Australian streets.
For Campbell it was a no brainer to get involved. On a personal level, her grandmother was a long-time Vinnies volunteer and she felt proud to continue that lineage. But it was the statistics surrounding the sheer number of homelessness – particularly women – that sparked a call to action.
“On any given night one in 200 Australians experience homelessness, which is just over 105,000 people per night,” Campbell said.
“Netball NSW has 115,000 registered members, so to me that was quite a confronting parallel – almost an entire grassroots sport in NSW could be sleeping on the streets. Of that 105,000 people, almost half are women and many of those with children.
“I think it’s important for people to do what they can to help support those not as fortunate as ourselves. My grandmother was a Vinnies volunteer which I always admired, and while I don’t have a lot of time to volunteer myself, I want to do my part in helping raise awareness.”
Awareness, but also funds. In the 2014-2015 Financial Year, St Vincent de Paul provided $21 million worth of financial assistance to over 400,000 people which also included more than 820,000 hot meals.
For more information on the CEO SleepOut and how you can assist, please visit Campbell’s registration page.