Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Department of Immigration and Citizenship acting secretary Martin Bowles is getting ready to pack his blanket and sleep rough for a night to help this year’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout fundraiser.

Mr Bowles is calling for all Canberrans to get behind the Sleepout.

It involves CEOs, senior business representatives and community leaders experiencing a night out in the cold, with only a sleeping bag and a piece of cardboard as shelter.

“More than 100 000 Australians sleep rough each night and in temperatures close to freezing here in Canberra,” Mr Bowles said today.

“It is important that people such as myself, who need for little, think about those who are in a far more desperate situation than most of us.

“Last year the Australia-wide Vinnies CEO Sleep-out raised $4.2 million.

“That money is now providing accommodation, crisis care, funded night patrols and many education programs for the homeless.”

Mr Bowles is keen to get as much support from Department of Immigration and Citizenship staff, the community and service providers for his effort.

“All money goes directly towards the ongoing provision of Vinnies’ homeless services across the country,” the acting secretary said.

“Our department has a long history of finding safety and refuge for those less fortunate, as well as a strong commitment to contributing to worthwhile community causes.

“I hope everyone in Canberra, including staff in my department, who care about others in far less fortunate situations than ours will get behind this fantastic and worthwhile initiative.”

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