Down Syndrome Association NSW CEO, Jennifer Evans, will be taking part in this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout.
Each year hundreds of CEOs, business owners, and community and government leaders, sleep outdoors in one of the longest and coldest nights of the year, to raise funds for the St Vincent de Paul Society work to help those experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness.Funds raised through the event will provide vital access to food and accommodation, as well as education, counselling, employment and health services to help them overcome poverty in the long term.
Ms Evans said “having a place to call home is a fundamental right and immensely impacts our health and wellbeing. People with disabilities often face greater hardship in securing affordable and suitable accommodation.” “We are also witnessing an increasing number of women over 55 and young families who are homeless and also living in cars.’
The Down Syndrome Association of NSW has a strong record of advocacy in advancing the rights of people with Down syndrome and other disabilities to fully participate in society. The access to suitable accommodation and housing has always been a key focus of its work. We call on government to significantly invest now in social and community housing.
“The CEO Sleepout project brings into focus the needs of so many in accessing suitable housing and the need for system reform to address this basic need for so many in our society.”
Ms Evans has joined several other female CEOs who will be sleeping in their cars for the event.
Their group ‘For Her’ includes Robyn Monro Miller, CEO Kids Giving Back; Julie Hourigan-Ruse, CEO FAMS; Christine Legg, CEO KU Children’s Services.
The ‘For Her’ team page can be found at: https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/forher
Ms Evans’ individual fundraising page can be found at https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/jenniferevans/sydney
For more information about the Vinnies CEO Sleepout visit https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/