BUS COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR VINNIES CHARITY

By: Mark Gojszyk


A MAJOR BUS organisation is lending a hand to charity St Vincent de Paul again by seeking bus-fraternity donations to help Melbourne’s poor and homeless citizens, especially this winter.

BUS COMMUNITY RALLIES FOR VINNIES CHARITY
Sleepout participants sleep on a piece of cardboard for the night, are provided a modest dinner by the Vinnies Soup Van volunteers, and have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

‘Bussies’ can get behind Transdev Melbourne’s (TDM) efforts to raise AUD$15,000 for the cause in 2018 via donations, where $55 can feed a family for a day while $205 can relocate a person into accommodation services, according to the charity.

As part of the Sleepout participants sleep on a piece of cardboard for the night, are provided a modest dinner by the Vinnies Soup Van volunteers, and have the opportunity to speak face-to-face with people experiencing poverty and homelessness.

TDM’s managing director Warwick Horsley will front up at St Vincent de Paul’s 2018 CEO Sleepout to address poverty and homelessness in Victoria, as he did last year when AUD$5.6 million was raised nation-wide to help ‘Vinnies’ provide for Australians experiencing homelessness - of which there are more than 100,000.

The Melbourne edition, where Horsley will lead a team of TDM executives, will be held on June 21 at The University of Melbourne Parkville Campus, South Lawn underground car park.

"Transdev is passionate about contributing to the communities we serve and we are proud to be supporting The Vinnies #PovertyHomeTruths Campaign to raise not only much needed funds, but awareness of the real, lived experiences of poverty that Vinnies volunteers see every day," Horsley says.

Melbourne’s transport infrastructure often provides a critical service for people experiencing poverty and homelessness, with Transdev’s bus drivers often seeing first-hand the consequences of living below the line.

"No-one chooses to be homeless and I’m proud that Transdev is helping bring to light the truths from the frontline," Horsley says.

Started in 2006, the CEO Sleepout traverses most Australian capital cities and regional centres, including Geelong, Wollongong, Gold Coast, Launceston and Newcastle.

 "The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is a one-night event that helps the St Vincent de Paul Society support Australians all year long. Vinnies’ advocacy, education, counselling and housing programmes are designed to tackle the root causes of inequality," the organisation states.

"Everyone deserves a safe place to call home. For over a decade, supporters of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout have provided essential support to tens of thousands of Australians."

Donations can be made at www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/transdevmelbourne, and you can nominate your chosen CEO to participate in the event via the Vinnies’ CEO Sleepout website www.ceosleepout.org.au

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