Together We Can Break The Cycle of Homelessness – CEO Sleepout

The overnight temperature dropped to 5 degrees on Thursday 29th June. The air was cold and hung damp around me as I tried to find comfort lying on wet grass, a piece of cardboard underneath me, and one above me. I scrunched deeper into my sleeping bag seeking warmth but the overwhelming feeling was one of being wrapped in icy fingers of cold.

For me, this was one night of cold and discomfort, for over 105,000 Australians, this is an experience that they face every night. Night after night. 

Understanding the power of first hand experience, Vinnies created the CEO Sleepout. The event brings together influential business men and women to raise not only funds but also awareness of the challenges facing those affected by homelessness.

To help spread this message, for today’s episode of Be The Drop, I interviewed a number of CEOs whilst participating in the charity event. We discuss the motivations behind giving back, why it’s important and we also look at what it means to be a part of something bigger than yourself…  


Listen to this episode to hear from leading business women and men from South Australia about what it means to really see people, the value in helping others and how ultimately we all benefit from that.

“At the end of the day we’re people helping people.” Nick Reade, CEO BankSA

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In this episode you will learn:

  • The power of respecting people wherever they’re at
  • The impact of telling stories to give real meaning and significance
  • How to motivate and inspire people to fund your cause
  • That with each small thing done by many, the greater good gets bigger

Participating in this event brings a human face to homelessness, it blows away stereotypes and positions those impacted as people, just like you and me. People that deserve respect and dignity.

“Vinnies provides a hand up, not a hand out.” Sarah Williams, Vinnies SA

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Amelia_Veale_Nick_Reade_CEO_Sleepout-532528-edited.jpg Amelia Veale interviewing Nick Reade, CEO BankSA

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Let’s Be The Drop and create a waterfall together! You can still donate to the CEO Sleepout to raise money for Vinnies. Community action like this really embodies the spirit of Be The Drop for me. United, we can make a difference; individually, we’re just single drops, but if we work together, we can create a waterfall. I believe passionately in this philosophy and want to live it wholeheartedly, not just talk about it in my podcast.

I would like to thank all of the wonderful individuals who supported my fundraising efforts – every bit helps and your contribution is greatly appreciated. I would also like to thank the following businesses for their generous support Sarah Constructions, Marshall Conveyancing Group and Candid Jewellery. And finally, I extend heartfelt gratitude to the wonderful women who took part in my fundraising event, Modern Storytelling – big love and thanks to Amity Dry, Jess Caire and Juliet Lever.

Thank you, thank you, thank you!


Cheers for tuning in and listening to Be The Drop. I can’t wait for the next installment to bring you more inspiring people talking about their strategies for connecting with and building a positive community. And if you want more behind the scenes stuff and bits not included in the show, head over to our Facebook page, Instagram or Twitter.

Amelia xx


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