June is a significant time for business, preparing from end of financial year, may seem tedious and difficult, however, this pales in comparison to the challenges faced by our homeless population on cold and wet winter nights. This year was my fourth year participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, which to me is an opportunity to be a part of something that raises both funds and awareness for the vulnerable in our community.

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society, often referred to as Vinnies, is an organisation giving the Australian homeless population a hand up, not a hand out. With 60,000 members and volunteers in Australia, Vinnies has helped change lives of those in need since 1854.

In today’s episode of Be The Drop, I speak to a number of participants and volunteers at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. I share the stories and motivations from some of the people who are passionately and actively working to help reduce homelessness; to help us consider what other things we can do to help support this worthy cause.

Live from the CEO Sleepout 2019

“The day to day search for security, safety, and food takeover the dreams and aspirations, but they’re still there.” (Mario)

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In this episode from the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, you will learn:

  • How ambition is inherent and achievable for everyone
  • What empowering others can do, with just the simple act of listening
  • Why compassion is more than material aid, and what else we can do
  • How poverty is not a choice, but what we can do to change that
  • What expressing yourself and your lived experience looks like in charitable business
  • Why you might want to get involved with Vinnies
  • How fortunate you are to be in a position to learn and make difference

“Everyone deserves to be treated equal it just doesn’t happen currently.” (Cameron)

Participants at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout Adelaide


I would like to also express my huge, heartfelt thanks to all of the generous people who donated to my fundraising for the CEO Sleepout. Together, you helped me raise over $4000 for this valuable cause. If you haven’t yet donated but would like to,  it’s not too late! Head to the www.ceosleepout.org.au and search for Amelia Veale in the search bar. All donations, big and small are greatly appreciated and help make a difference.

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