For more than a decade Vinnies has run the annual CEO Sleepout, a national campaign to fight the issue of homelessness.
Each year on the longest night of winter, many of the nation's top executives sleep out on the concrete to raise much needed funds for Aussies who desperately need it.
For participants, it is one night of discomfort. However, for more than 116,000 people throughout the country, homelessness is a constant reality.
This year, Business News Australia's Managing Editor Camilla Jansen will sleep the streets as part of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, leading a team of winners and finalists from the Young Entrepreneur Awards who are all committed to the cause.
In addition to sleeping rough for the night, the Young Entrepreneur team will raise funds for Vinnies to help provide disadvantaged Aussies a safe and secure place to call home.
St Vincent de Paul Society Queensland CEO Peter Maher said the issue of homelessness is far more widespread than most people think.
"The issue is very real for many people one in eight Queenslanders live below the poverty line and most Australians are just two pay days away from being without a secure place to live," Mr Maher said.
"The Sleepout raises awareness of the harsh realities and relentless daily challenges faced by people experiencing homelessness real people who are no different from you and me.
"The fact that 116,000 Australians have no place to call home is devastating. Even more so when you learn 32 per cent are children.
"This reality cannot continue."
Vinnies provides emergency accommodation, advocacy support, budgeting services, living skills programs, emergency relief, transitional housing and access to programs that help rebuild the lives of Australians living in poverty.
In 2017, Queensland raised $1,018,000 for Vinnies at the CEO Sleepout. This generous donation provided 1,040 people with safe accommodation, supplied housing for families at risk of homelessness due to family and domestic violence and helped 306,831 people experiencing poverty through Vinnies' emergency assistance and home visits.
You can support the Vinnies CEO Sleepout by pledging your support for the Young Entrepreneur team. Your efforts will help improve the lives of vulnerable Australians.
Participants in the inaugural Young Entrepreneur Team are:
Camilla Jansen is the founder of Business News Australia and the Young Entrepreneur Awards.
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Sam Hardy is the co-founder of Peak Marketing, a thriving international marketing agency offering a single point of contact for a range of services.
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Renee Tocco is the founder of Loanezi, a finance and mortgage brokerage that offers services to clients all across Australia.
Support Renee - CLICK HERE
Samantha Stenberg is the founder of Queensland Food Bank, the link between the food industry's surplus and the communities needs in Queensland.
Support Samantha - CLICK HERE
Rebecca Medcalf is the co-founder of Organic Index, an online and bricks & mortar store that aims to showcase organic alternatives to beauty and skincare across Australia and New Zealand.
Support Rebecca - CLICK HERE
Alexander and Doug Hainstock are brothers and the co-founders of DVNT Clothing, a fresh clothing label making waves in China, the UK, Europe, and Asia.
Support Alex - CLICK HERE | Support Doug - CLICK HERE
Ben Bradshaw is one of Brisbane's top entrepreneurs and digital marketing gurus, and the founder of SponsoredLinx, a digital marketing revolution.
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Kris Polkinghorne is the CEO of Get Real Conscious Impact, who raises awareness of the benefits of exercise in reducing psychological distress and improving mental health.
Support Kris - CLICK HERE
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