Bank of Melbourne executives are putting their bodies on the line to raise awareness of youth homelessness.
Chief Executive Scott Tanner and his executive team will spend a night sleeping rough at the MCG on April 18, as part of Melbourne City Mission’s Sleep at the ‘G initiative.
The executives will be among more than 1500 people sleeping at the ‘G, one of the bank’s key business partners. Others taking part or supporting the event include football identities Tom Hafey, Russell Robertson and Billy Brownless, Melbourne Football Club President Don McLardy and director Russel Howcroft, media buying supremo Harold Mitchell, VECCI Chief Executive Mark Stone and VECCI Executive Director Paul Santamaria and musicians Kate Ceberano and Tim Rogers.
There are up to 22,000 people in Victoria on any given night without a place to call home or a bed to sleep in. Almost half of these people are under the age of 25 and up to 6000 people are forced to sleep at friends’ houses or sleep rough – under a bridge, on a park bench or under the warm exhaust of a commercial air conditioning unit.
Mr Tanner and his team are fundraising for their night out, with all proceeds going to the Melbourne City Mission.
“Bank of Melbourne is right behind the work of Melbourne City Mission, and so my team and I are looking forward to sleeping at the MCG” Mr Tanner said.
“Melbourne City Mission does great work, particularly helping young people who don’t have a safe place to live.”
Melbourne City Mission is Melbourne’s oldest charity, established just a year after the MCG was built. The charity supports more than 5000 people every week, including some of Melbourne and Victoria’s most vulnerable individuals, families and communities.
“It may be a long night in the corridors of the ‘G but we’re all keen to play our part raising awareness for this important cause,” Mr Tanner said.
To get involved or make a donation to the Bank of Melbourne team go to www.sleepattheg.com.au or http://sleepattheg.gofundraise.com.au/page/BankofMelbourne.