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Proud ambassadors: Launching Vinnies latest CEO Sleepout are, from left, Queensland St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive officer Peter Maher, Shadforth Financial Group Head of Advice John Barton, Redlands City mayor Karen Williams, Dean Merlo, Jharal Yew Yow and BrSibane Lord mayor Graham Quirk.

Proud ambassadors: Launching Vinnies latest CEO Sleepout are, from left, Queensland St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive officer Peter Maher, Shadforth Financial Group Head of Advice John Barton, Redlands City mayor Karen Williams, Dean Merlo, Jharal Yew Yow and BrSibane Lord mayor Graham Quirk.

THE Broncos and Jharal Yew Yow are putting their combined weight behind the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to help break the cycle of homelessness.

They recently joined with Brisbane Mayor Graham Quirk, Queensland St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive officer Peter Maher and the dedicated ambassadors to officially launch this year’s event at Suncorp Stadium.

“Close to 20,000 Queenslanders face homelessness every day – the equivalent of half the Suncorp Stadium where the sleepout will be held this year,” Mr Maher said.

“Vinnies rely on the support of business, government and community leaders to keep homelessness on the agenda.

“I would like to thank the 120 CEOs already registered and there are still plenty of cardboard places left.

“The funds raised go towards a range of programs and services that help people rebuild from homelessness into happy, independent living.”

Mr Quirk said the CEO Sleepout was an important way to raise awareness and funds to tackle the important issue of homelessness.

“While the weather can be cold, the company is warm and this is a valuable exercise to highlight how our business and government leaders need to play an active role in addressing homelessness,” he said.

“I am proud to participate in the CEO Sleepout again this year and I encourage business leaders to rise to the challenge and sign up for the event.”

The annual fundraising event is in its sixth year in Queensland and asks CEOS to experience sleeping rough for one night.

All participants will have single piece of cardboard, a sleeping bag and the clothes they are wearing for the night, with only a cup of soup and a coffee for a meal.

More than 100,000 Australians sleep rough each night of the year and in Queensland close to 20,000 are homeless and either sleep rough, in boarding houses, stay in crisis accommodation or with friends.

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