Night out shows life on the other side
CROWN Australian Resorts chief executive Barry Felstead has raised more than $700,000 in eight Vinnies CEO sleepouts.
Mr Felstead was among the chief executives who took part in the event on June 22, which involved them sleeping rough for one night.
Mr Felstead said the St Vincent de Paul Society organisers tried to make the experience as authentic as possible.
“You go there and register and they give you a dinner, which is a cup of soup and a roll,” he said.
“They give you two sheets of cardboard and you are allowed a sleeping bag and pillow and you find a place to sleep.
“There’s also an info session during which people who have been helped by Vinnies come in and talk to us; it’s an uplifting process.
“It could be young people or older people. They all tell stories about how they have been affected by homelessness or other issues.”
Mr Felstead said he was happy to help out, even if it meant a difficult night’s sleep.
“They play sirens and other noises on the night to simulate what it’s like, but it’s only one night’s sleep; some people deal with this 365 days a year,” he said.
“From my point of view, it’s nice to give back”
Barry Felstead at the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.