On Thursday, 16th June 2016 I took part in the St Vincent de Paul Vinnie’s CEO Sleepout.

The figures show that 105, 237 people in Australia are experiencing homelessness, with 60% of those under the age of 35. Perhaps surprising to many people is that 44% of these are women, 13% are under the age of 12. When considering these figures it is also important to remember that behind each number is the story of a fellow Australian who has experienced that extreme isolation and desperation of homelessness.

Each night in Australia, thousands of people stay in crisis accommodation facilities run by community organisations like the St Vincent de Paul Society. We must look beyond figures and see the people living in this desperate and soul-destroying situation.

I would like to thank everyone who supported this very worthy cause.

Thank you,

Matthew Flinders Home