St Vinnies 2nd Annual CEO Sleepout Launch Dinner 2017
$6,300 Raised at St Vinnies CEO Sleepout Fundraising Dinner
Acorn Lawyers have continued their support and are proud supporters of St Vincent de Paul Society's CEO Sleepout. This year as well, Acorn Lawyers co-hosted the official launch of the Wollongong CEO Sleepout at a dinner held at City Beach Function Centre on 7 April 2017. CEO Sleepout Ambassador, Daniel Munk (CEO, Wests Illawarra) who has been involved with the Wollongong Sleepout since its inception launched this event.
Peter Williamson, Director of Family and Property at Acorn Lawyers is one of many business leaders who will be participating in the Sleepout on 22 June. Peter said "Not only was the dinner a fantastic opportunity to meet other CEOs who have done it before, it also gave me an opportunity to understand their perspective about this issue in our community.It was also extremely pleasing to see a great turnout". Acorn Lawyers invited Marty Haynes from i98FM (who proudly accepted to be the MC for the event) and members of St George Illawarra Dragons, former player, Ben Creagh and Dragons Community Manager, Paul Everill to attend the launch. The Dragons kindly donated a Corporate Box to one of this year's games as the premium live auction prize. Ash Agarwal director of Acorn Lawyers who also attended the event said "We have over 1,000 people homeless in the Illawarra every night, given that, this issue is more important than ever".
Several speakers shared their view on the issue of homeless people in our community. Special guest speaker Sophie Rayprovided great insight into the reasons why she supports St Vinnies in the fight to end homelessness.
Event organisers were extremely pleased with the turnout and the support shown by local businesses that helped raise $6,320.55 on the night with the money going directly towards running the St Vinnies Van that goes out into the homeless community to provide essential support.The organisers hope that the event will continue to grow bigger and better every year to eventually put an end to homelessness in the Illawarra.