Sydney, 30 June 2016: Three Clayton Utz partners joined over 1,400 business and community leaders for the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout on 23 June, raising over $15,000 towards St Vincent de Paul's essential homeless services, with the Clayton Utz Foundation contributing an additional $5,000 matching grant. This is the eighth year Clayton Utz has participated in the fundraiser.
Rob Cutler, Kate Jordan and Mark Friezer slept rough at Carriageworks in Sydney alongside other business leaders to draw attention to the plight of the 100,000 people sleeping on Australian streets each night. Now in its eleventh year, the Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises funds to support homeless services such as crisis accommodation, education, food distribution, and early intervention and prevention services.
Clayton Utz partners have participated in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout since 2009, raising over $230,000 for St Vincent de Paul's homeless services over the years.
Chief Executive Partner Rob Cutler, who participated this year for the fourth time, said:
"The CEO Sleepout is a brilliant initiative as it offers corporate Australia a small insight into the challenges and hardships faced on a daily basis by a growing number of Australians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness each year. It brings us together every year and allows us in our own way to make a small but vital contribution to help those in need see through the winter, and hopefully end the bitter cycle of homelessness."
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout builds on a range of assistance Clayton Utz provides to Australians who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and the organisations that support them, through pro bono, community programs and the Clayton Utz Foundation.