PEGASUS chief executive officer Adam Boyle was the only Hunter representative at yesterday’s Vinnies Sleep Out Challenge and braved the cold with 246 New South Wales business leaders.
Although late to join the event Mr Boyle raised $2000 in support for Vinnies homeless services.
In Sydney on the longest night of the year, the business leaders settled down at the Carriageworks at Redfern with nothing more than their clothes, a sleeping bag and a cardboard box.
After taking part in the event last year Mr Boyle knew what to expect and how eye opening the experience was.
“It’s really uncomfortable, you have a small soup dinner, no gadgets or entertainment and go to bed hungry, I couldn’t image doing it every night,” Mr Boyle said.
Mr Boyle said he wasn’t surprised that more CEOs from the Hunter didn’t take part because it’s less common to see homelessness in country towns, while in the city you could see it everyday.
“But there are homeless issues here in towns like Singleton.
“There might not be a lot of people openly living in the streets but there are people forced into sleeping on people’s couches or in temporary accommodation.”
“That’s why I support this Vinnies cause.”
This year’s sleep out has raised over $1.3million for Vinnies homeless services.