SMI Director takes part in CEO sleepout

20 Apr 2012

Sleeping outdoors on cardboard sheets in the middle of winter is the stark reality that more than 50,000 homeless men, women and children in Australia face every night. 

In Australia there are more than 105,000 people who don’t have somewhere to call home. In Brisbane alone, 2070 people are homeless on any given night. In a bid to address these problems, the St Vincent de Paul Society is holding its annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout. 

On Thursday June 21, CEOs all over the country, including in Brisbane, will ‘sleep rough’ to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for homelessness. Our very own Professor Chris Moran from the Sustainable Minerals Institute has registered to “Rise to the Challenge” to help raise awareness and much needed funds so that the St Vincent de Paul Society can continue the fantastic work that they do. St Vincent’s are well known for their tireless efforts in providing food, clothing, accommodation and rehabilitation for those in need.

Chris will be sleeping rough, outdoors at South Bank on June 21, with other Queensland business leaders to experience firsthand what it is like for so many.  Chris will be armed with only a beanie, a sleeping bag, a sheet of cardboard, soup bread roll and a hot drink. For those who want to find out more and especially if they want to support Chris, go and look for Chris Moran under Queensland participants."