The Flagstaff Group and Aster Group are joining forces to help raise funds and awareness for the St Vincent De Paul 2017 CEO Sleepout.
Flagstaff chief executive Roy Rogers and Aster Group chief executive Daniel Munk will be experiencing what it is like to be homeless for a night on June 22. At the same time they will be raising funds for emergency assistance and to create awareness and eradicate homelessness. Recent figures suggest there are more than 100,000 people in Australia experiencing homelessness and 60 per cent of them are aged under 35.
Mr Rogers and Mr Munk are sleeping out in the cold because they think the cause deserves more support and aid from the community.
Mr Rogers has slept out for the past five years now. As the CEO of The Flagstaff Group, a Social Enterprise that provides meaningful employment for people with a disability, Mr Rogers regularly helps out with the Vinnies food van in the Wollongong and Shellharbour area and has some awareness of the homelessness issue in the Illawarra region. “The issue of homelessness is very complex as it often cannot be fixed simply with providing a roof over someone’s head. Instead, it also involves care and support for those people who are often escaping much larger issues”.
The Aster Group is a hospitality business that prides itself on playing a major role in the community through financial support.
As CEO Mr Munk enjoys being involved in initiatives such as the sleepout and is proud of the organisation’s involvement in many.
“I know how much homelessness affects our community which is why I just had to be involved in the 2017 CEO Sleepout,” he said.
The Aster Group held a fundraising day on April 12 at Wests Illawarra where people enjoyed morning tea together at Craft Café.
Money raised went directly to the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.