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Homelessness on the rise: Empired sleeps out to step up

As I spend more time in Australia’s capital cities the growing number of homeless people I see on the streets always shocks me. Last night, Empired rallied together to participate in the 2016 Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout to help do our part to address this issue. 

Sleeping out couldn’t put us in the shoes of Australia’s homeless community, but the experience was eye-opening to the issues they face every day.

The Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout is a unique and outstanding initiative that puts business leaders outside in the cold with just a cardboard box and a cup of soup for a night to raise awareness of Australia’s homeless community. This is nowhere near what homeless people go through every day, but it is an opportunity to learn more about how serious the issue is, and to give back.

Empired is proud to have been a major sponsor of the CEO Sleepout in 2016 and to have 25 of our people volunteering at the events nationally. Thank you to each and every one of you who gave up your time and beds to this important cause.

Russell Baskerville at Vinnie's CEO Sleepout
Russell Baskerville, CEO Empired

Last night I and other company leaders learnt a lot about homelessness. I was astonished and saddened to learn that more than 100,000 Aussies sleep homeless every night. A quarter of these people are Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islanders. Even more shocking, 17 per cent of these individuals are younger than 12. That’s nearly 18,000 young children sleeping rough every single night.

Stuart Strickland, the WA General Manager of Empired, also took part in the Sleepout. Stuart said “Of course, sleeping outside for one night doesn’t come anywhere close to what the homeless community goes through on a daily basis. We can never fully understand the difficulties they face or really put ourselves in their shoes. What we can do is educate ourselves, our friends, and families on the scale and seriousness of homelessness in Australia, and the opportunities to help, such as events like the Sleepout.

Stuart Strickland, Empired WA General Manager

This was my first time participating in the event and I didn’t know what to expect. It was very humbling and I learnt a lot about the homeless issues and the work that still needs to be done.”

Our work with the St Vincent de Paul Society didn’t start just last night. We are currently assisting them to develop systems that let them improve the care they provide to the homeless community. Empired’s systems help the organisation keep track of homeless individuals and the specific care they need, and to manage its donor base. For this reason I was especially proud to participate in the event and to learn more about the fantastic work our partners do for our community.

I am delighted that our Empired team so passionately supported this cause. I was amazed by the funds we raised together and am proud to have been a part of that. 

A huge thank you to everyone who participated and donated to this deserving cause. 

Posted by: Russell Baskerville, CEO, Empired | 24 June 2016

Tags: Corporate Social Responsibility

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