21 Jun 2012

Clayton Utz partners to go homeless for a good cause

by Graham Taylor, Steve O'Reilly, John Carroll

Clayton Utz partners Graham Taylor, Steve O'Reilly and John Carroll will join a contingent of business and community leaders and spend a night out in the cold on Thursday 21 June in support of the St Vincent de Paul Society's CEO Sleepout.

The annual event aims not only to raise funds, but public awareness of the plight of Australia's growing homeless population

Since 2009, a number of Clayton Utz partners and staff have participated in the CEO Sleepout, raising much needed funds towards the ongoing provision of Vinnies’ homeless services across the country.

Clayton Utz's participation in the CEO Sleepout builds upon a range of assistance the firm provides to support those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and the organisations that support them, through our Pro Bono practice, Community Involvement program and the Clayton Utz Foundation.

Since its inception in 2005, our Brisbane office has provided pro bono support for Street Swags a charity that distributes swags to homeless people throughout Australia. Founder Jean Madden began the program to provide practical support to alleviate some of the hardship experienced by homeless people by offering a comfortable, durable and transportable form of bedding.

A Street Swag, and a specially designed coat for rough sleepers made by Sovereign Military Order of Malta, will be provided to Graham, Steve and John to use during the night. These items will then be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society to be used to help provide a little comfort and warmth to those sleeping rough.

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