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IRT CEO to sleep rough in 2018 Vinnies CEO sleepout

Industry
14 June 2018

IRT Chief Executive Patrick Reid will brave the cold and ‘sleep rough’ in this year’s Wollongong CEO Sleepout starting on Thursday night.

The CEO Sleepout is a way for business leaders to raise awareness and support of essential homeless services across the country and help raise much needed funds for the St Vincent de Paul Society.

“This year’s event is aimed at growing awareness for the state’s growing housing affordability crisis; a leading cause of homelessness in Australia,” Mr Reid said.

“By sleeping rough for just one night, we are aiming to raise awareness of the issues facing 105,000 Australians on any night of the year.”

In NSW, there are 28,190 people experiencing homelessness every night with 15% of them aged 55 and over. Latest research indicates that, with an ageing population and growing levels of housing stress, the number of people at risk of ageing in to  homelessness will continue to increase.

IRT currently offers assistance to seniors through IRT Assistance with Care and housing for the Aged Program (ACHA). It provides support for homeless seniors and those at risk of homelessness. The ACHA Coordinator works with disadvantaged seniors to assist them in finding sustainable and affordable housing. Since its inception, IRT ACHA has supported more than 150 clients.

Mr Reid says IRT employees across NSW, QLD and the ACT are throwing their support behind the initiative by staging fundraising events of their own during the week.

“We’re holding pyjama parties, mufti-days, a corporate soup kitchen and other events across IRT to help raise funds and awareness of this issue, because we know that every dollar helps.”

Donations can be made online or cheques or money orders made payable to St Vincent de Paul Society.

IRT Chief Executive Patrick Reid is available for comment/photo opportunity regarding the Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

Media enquiries: Stephanie Whitelock 0427 188 512                                General enquiries: 134 478

About IRT Group:
IRT Group is one of Australia’s largest community-owned seniors’ lifestyle and care providers. With almost 50 years’ experience and locations throughout NSW, the ACT and South East Queensland, we employ more than 2500 people and play a significant role in promoting seniors as dynamic, influential and valuable members of society.

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