CEO Sleepout

Help RACQ and Vinnies break the cycle of homelessness.

Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. It’s a simple message behind the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, which raises much needed funds for people experiencing homelessness.

On 20 June, CEOs and business leaders will once again sleep without shelter on one of the longest nights of the year to help homeless Australians.

First held in 2006 in Parramatta, Sydney, the event has grown each year with cities across Australia now holding annual events.

In 2018, participants raised a combined $6.9 million, which enabled Vinnies to provide 1,949, 673 individual support programs, 689,819 beds and 1,590,554 meals.

RACQ is again involved in 2019, after a successful 2018 campaign which saw RACQ Bank CEO Michelle Bagnall, RACQ Insurance CEO John Myler and RACQ Assistance CEO Glenn Toms participate raise a combined $26,978, placing each of them in the top 30 fundraisers amongst 238 Brisbane CEOs.

This year, RACQ’s CEOs will sleep rough in the Powerhouse courtyard and face their toughest fundraising challenge yet with a target of $10,000 each.

RACQ Bank CEO Michelle Bagnall said helping each other is part of Queensland’s cultural identity.

“Pitching in to help out when times are tough is something that Queenslanders do well – it’s in our nature to help our community if we’re in a position to do so,” she said.

“Sleeping outdoors for one night is a symbolic gesture but I’m hopeful that by walking in the shoes of others I can make a small difference.”

RACQ members can help make a difference by making a tax-deductable donation to the Vinnie CEO Sleepout or buy a ticket in RACQ’s online raffle with all proceeds helping Vinnies to provide much-needed help and support.

Raffle tickets are just $10 each and put members in the running to win a prize pool worth nearly $6000.

Every little bit helps with more than $600,000 raised so far towards Vinnies overall goal of $7,100,000.

How your donation can help?

  • $55 – Helps feed a family for a day.
  • $120 – Helps a family keep the power on this winter.
  • $300 – Helps relocate a person sleeping rough to accommodation services.
  • $505 – Helps provide emergency accommodation for a family in crisis.