Today I am humbled.

Last night I joined over 1,400 CEOs across Australia to take part in the 2016 Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

In doing so, I gave up many of the familiar comforts that are often taken for granted. My warm, comfortable bed was replaced with cold, hard concrete. My safe and secure home with a cardboard box. A hearty, homemade meal with a humble cup of soup.

It was a cold, uncomfortable and restless night but I would not trade a minute of it because it gave me a very small glimpse into the harsh reality that over 105,000 people are faced with every single day.

No one deserves to live this way. Especially not the 17,000 children who make up part of this figure.

Tonight, I will be back in my own warm bed. But unfortunately this is not an option for the men, women and children who have no home to return to.

Just because the event has come to an end, it does not mean that Australia’s homelessness crisis is even close to ending.

It’s not too late to sponsor me at ceosleepout.org.au and help invest in real solutions for people without a home.

Karl McCarthy
Chief Executive Officer