Queenslanders helping Queenslanders

RACQ’s CEOs are sleeping out to make a difference for Queenslanders experiencing homelessness.

On 20 June RACQ Bank CEO Michelle Bagnall, RACQ Insurance CEO John Myler and RACQ Assistance CEO Glenn Toms will sleep rough as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Leaders from across Queensland will sleep on the cold, hard concrete of Brisbane’s Powerhouse to raise much-needed funds to help Vinnies provide vital assistance to more than 22,000 Queenslanders experiencing homelessness.

RACQ Bank CEO Michelle Bagnall said taking part in the CEO Sleepout is at the heart of what it means to be an RACQ member.

“RACQ exists for Queenslanders and it’s important to recognise that your membership goes towards helping Queenslanders in need,” Ms Bagnall said.

“We don’t do events like the CEO Sleepout, International Women’s Day Fun Run or our Drought Assistance projects for ourselves, we do it for Queenslanders.

“For our community to prosper we need to pay it forward and your membership is helping all Queenslanders to thrive and grow.” 

Ms 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.

“My mum always said that no matter how bad things are for you, there’s always someone worse off that you can help.

“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 make a tax-deductable donation to the Vinnie CEO Sleepout or buy a ticket in our online raffle with all proceeds helping Vinnies to provide much-needed support to people all around Australia. Raffle tickets are just $10 each and you’ll be in the running to win a prize pool worth nearly $6,000.