Cricket NSW CEO Andrew Jones will be one of more than 370 chief executives from leading sporting and business organisations who will sleep outside on Thursday night to support homeless people.
“I’m doing it to raise awareness of homelessness in Australia,” Mr Jones said.
“I knew it was a problem but didn’t know how big. And even though Australia is rich and getting richer, homelessness is getting worse.”
• There are 105,237 people experiencing homelessness every night across Australia; this represents an 8% increase since the 2006 Census.
• 60% of the homeless population is under the age of 35, dispelling the myth that the ‘average’ person experiencing homelessness is older and male; These are people in the prime of their life.
• More than 17,000 Australian children under the age of 12 have no home. A further 10,900 young people aged 12 to 18 are experiencing homelessness; most are estranged from their families.
• The experience of homelessness brings with it a heightened vulnerability to violence.
• Unemployment, family breakdown and drug and alcohol abuse are additional factors that lead to homelessness.
• Homelessness Australia estimates there are over 1,300 homeless assistance services across Australia. Each year the homeless service system provides almost 3 million nights of accommodation
“Vinnies itself does a power of work to address and alleviate the issue,” Mr Jones said.
“I used to live around the corner from the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo. It alone provides nearly 32,000 bed nights and 55,500 meals a year to over 20,000 individuals.
“We are so lucky to live in this country, let alone to work in cricket, and we need to help those less fortunate than ourselves.”
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