LAST NIGHT I WAS HOMELESS. TODAY I AM HUMBLED.
An article written by Abergeldie’s Managing Director, Mick Boyle.
I’ve just returned to work after taking part in the 10th annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout. Alongside 285 CEOs at the Sydney event and some 1,285 across the country, I spent a wet night without much sleep. The experience gave me another glimpse into what is a daily reality for over 105,000 people and reinforced some important things about the seriousness of issue and the people Vinnies helps.
I learnt that it could easily be me or you. Or someone we both know, who is experiencing homelessness. And that an abysmal number of Australia’s kids, some 17,000 have no home and are forced onto the streets because of family violence. We heard from some very brave people last night, such as Gabrielle, a young woman who shared her own story of homelessness and sang a moving song inspired by her experience.
It was cold and wet and uncomfortable on one sheet of cardboard under an awning. But I am well aware that just one night is a drop in the ocean compared to living that reality every day.
Today I got to go home, freshen up, have a hot meal and be with people who care about me. But this is a privilege so many Australians will not enjoy. People just like you and me – mums, dads and even small children who have no home.
It was a further privilege for me to have the support of a team from Abergeldie to help set up the event. Thanks to go to the team.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
If you would like to support Mick’s fundraising efforts for this worthwhile cause, here is the website link: https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/nsw-ceos/michael-boyle/– then donate to CEO: Michael Boyle
Abergeldie is a civil engineering contractor with over 25 years’ experience providing services in the utilities, energy and infrastructure sectors: the complex infrastructure needed to build better communities.