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It was the longest night of the year and one of the coldest but that didn’t stop the City of Canterbury Bankstown Administrator from roughing it to help raise awareness and funds for the homeless.
Richard Colley was one of 360 business leaders who recently participated in the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout Challenge at the Sydney Cricket Ground, where he raised more than $6,000.
“The sleeping arrangements were meant to be uncomfortable, and they were, but they were nothing compared to what some people really face on a day-to-day basis,” Mr Colley said.
According to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, there are currently around 29,000 people in Sydney who are homeless. One of the main reasons is the lack of affordable housing.
“We are advocating for additional affordable housing through the Draft Sydenham to Bankstown Urban Renewal Corridor Strategy, and will be incorporating targets into our new Housing Strategy for Canterbury-Bankstown,” Mr Colley said.
“We also continue to work with the Department of Planning and Environment on the Riverwood Estate proposal which, if given the green light, will deliver thousands of social and affordable homes.”
Kathleen Thickitt, President of Sydney St Vincent de Paul Society, commended Council’s work towards increasing affordable housing.
“We firmly believe it is a fundamental right of every individual to have a roof over their head and a place to call home,” Ms Thickitt said.
“Fifty four per cent of people who seek our help are going through a housing crisis. We need more social and affordable housing.
“Housing NSW estimates the current supply of social housing only meets 44 per cent of the need and the waiting list is growing.”
All funds raised from the CEO Sleepout go towards helping Vinnies run early intervention and support services for people who are experiencing homelessness, or at risk of homelessness.
Major contributors to the funds raised by Mr Colley, included Bankstown Sports Club, Canterbury League Club and Revesby Workers Club.
15/08/2017 11:25 AM