Night out shows life on the other side

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - FIT FOR BUSINESS -

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.

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