Transdev Melbourne’s Managing Director, Warwick Horsley has signed up to St Vincent de Paul’s signature fundraising event the CEO Sleepout, pledging to raise $5,000 to address poverty and homelessness in Victoria.
With 725,000+ Victorians living below the poverty line, Mr Horsley said organisations like Vinnies, are vital to helping people in need get back on their feet.
“Transdev is passionate about contributing to the communities we serve and are proud to be supporting Vinnies to raise much needed funds and awareness around poverty and homelessness,” Mr Horsley said.
“As the operator of a third of Melbourne’s bus network, we provide a crucial service, connecting Melburnians from all walks of life to jobs, education and social opportunities.
“We know that our service is particularly important for people who due to social disadvantage may otherwise have no access to transport.”
Mr Horsley said that Transdev Melbourne’s bus drivers particularly see the consequences of poverty and homelessness in the course of their work.
“No one chooses to be homeless and I’m proud that Transdev has put its hand up to be part of the solution,” Mr Horsley said.
Donations can be made through the Transdev Melbourne website: www.transdevmelbourne.com.au or the Sleepout site: www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/vic-ceos/warwick-horsley/
This is the first time Transdev Melbourne has participated in the Sleepout.
The Sleepout will be held on 22 June 2017 at the University of Melbourne Parkville Campus, South Lawn Underground Carpark.
As part of the Sleepout, participants will sleep on a piece of cardboard for the night, be given a modest dinner by the Vinnies Soup Van volunteers, and speak face-to-face with people experiencing poverty and homelessness.
For more information about the CEO Sleepout visit: www.ceosleepout.org.au
IMAGE COURTESY OF 2017 VINNIES CEO SLEEPOUT