5/17/2011

Fagan signs up to sleep under stars


Brumbies Rugby Chief Executive Andrew Fagan will soon have to leave the comfort of his own home to sleep it rough in the cold outdoors.

Fagan hasn't yet been evicted from his home, but he has stuck his hand up to be part of the CEO Sleepout  aimed at helping fix the problem of homelessness in the ACT region and beyond.

He was joined by Brumby Jack and Academy player Lindsay Crook on Tuesday to promote the foundation and make a change for the better.

“It’s a scary statistic that we have over 1000 homeless people in Canberra. I was surprised to find that 45 per cent are under the age of 25,” Fagan said.

“I think we all take our creature comforts for granted and I am sure that the Vinnies CEO Sleepout will be a real eye-opening experience for everyone involved."

Fagan will experience what it’s like to spend the night in Canberra’s bitter-cold winter with only the comfort of three pieces of cardboard, a sleeping bag, and a cup of soup.

The Vinnies CEO Sleepout is being run nationally for the second time, following the event’s success last year where 111 leaders in Canberra slept out and raised $354,000.

This year’s CEO Sleepout will take place on Thursday, 16 June at the National Museum of Australia, in the Garden of Australian Dreams.

“I really believe that this event changes the opinions of homelessness and we all have a part to play in solving the issues surrounding homelessness in our Canberra community,” he said.

Visit www.ceosleepout.org.au to nominate your boss or to donate.