CEOs in night of shivers

Ellenbrook Advocate - - NEWS -

RISE chief ex­ec­u­tive Jus­tine Colyer is set to shiver through a cold win­ter’s night to raise funds for the home­less.

Ms Colyer will take part in her sev­enth CEO Sleep­out, join­ing hun­dreds of other chief ex­ec­u­tives from around the coun­try in the event.

On Thurs­day, June 22, ex­ec­u­tives will spend a night out­side in a sleep­ing bag on a piece of card­board to raise money for St Vin­cent de Paul.

Ms Colyer has taken part in the CEO Sleep­out since it be­gan in WA in 2010.

She said the event was a re­minder that some peo­ple slept rough through cir­cum­stance and not choice.

“It takes CEOs away from com­fort­able beds and gets us fo­cused on rais­ing funds for St Vin­nies,” she said.

“All money raised on the night goes straight to pro­vid­ing ser­vices for those who are home­less.”

Col­lec­tively, the event aims to raise $1 mil­lion to as­sist the home­less and Ms Colyer said she had set a per­sonal fundrais­ing tar­get of $5000.

She has achieved around a third of her tar­get so far and asked peo­ple to con­sider mak­ing a small con­tri­bu­tion for a wor­thy cause.

“Where I live I walk past and chat to peo­ple who are home­less nearly ev­ery day. I find it ap­palling that in this day and age we still have peo­ple sleep­ing on the streets and in cars,” she said.

Do­na­tions can be made at www.ceosleep­out.org.au/ceos/wa-ceos/jus­tine-colyer-rise.

Rise, based in Mid­dle Swan, pro­vides ser­vices across Perth in the ar­eas of the aged, dis­abil­ity, men­tal health and youth.

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