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St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria 2 mins read

21 June 2023      Interview requests and questions: Claudia Loeber-Raab, Media & Content Lead, mob 0438 804 023

The St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (Vinnies) invites media to their major fundraising event tonight. The iconic, annual 2023 Vinnies CEO Sleepout gathers 200+ CEOs and business and community leaders from all industries to raise funds and awareness for homelessness and stimulate conversations to solve the issue.

Where:                 The Timber Yard, 351 Plummer Street, Port Melbourne

When:                  Tonight - Thursday, 22 June: Interview, video and photo opportunities from 6 pm – 9 pm tonight.

(Tomorrow Friday morning, 23 June, 5 am – on request interviews, call Claudia Loeber-Raab, Media and Content Lead, mob: 0438 804 023)

Who/What:        from 6:00 pm – various Interview, video and photo opportunities like

Installation “Living in your car” curated with the support of a mother who spent weeks living in a car with her son, preparing for his VCE. The female curator with lived experience is present and available for interviews.

6:30 pm Welcome to Country Smoking Ceremony starts

between 6:00 pm - 9 pm

Interview and photo opportunities with several participants – female and male - (CEOs, Managing Directors, business and community leaders from regional Victoria and Melbourne) Examples:

        • Female CEO of The Sleep Health Foundation, (Melbourne 1st Vinnies Sleepout), available to talk about the horrendous impact of sleeping rough on your health due to disruption and constantly fearing for your safety on your health
        • Female CEO of Jobs for Australia (regional Vic, aged 68, participating in her 9th Vinnies CEO Sleepout) available to talk about her deep concern regarding women in her age group being impacted by homelessness more and more and the issues of finding work when you experience homelessness
        • Male Managing Director, having experienced sleeping rough for several weeks several years ago (regional Victorian town, taking part for its 5th time)
        • Male CEO born overseas (India) who wants to give back to Australian society (2nd time participant)

More interview partners available. Call Claudia Loeber-Raab, mobile 0438 804 023) at any time to discuss who would be perfect for your audience and story angle. One of the Vinnies Soup Vans will be onsite, and the Soup Van Manager is available for interviews as well as the Interim CEO of the SVDP Group, Paul Turton and a social worker.


About us:

The St Vincent de Paul Society and its wide network of members and volunteers provide practical frontline support, advocacy and friendship for the most vulnerable members of our community. Key services include home visitation; Vinnies Shops; youth programs; soup vans; assistance for asylum seekers and refugees; education and tutoring; and professional accommodation and health services through VincentCare. The St Vincent de Paul Society in Victoria has more than 10,000+ members and volunteers, and more than 60,000 across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 149 countries and more than 950,000 members. To find out more visit www.vinnies.org.au.


Contact details:

Claudia Loeber-Raab, Media and Content Lead, 0438 804 023

Jen Vuk, Communications Manager, 0418 863 719

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