Crown CEO sleeps rough for the homeless

Crown Resorts chief executive Barry Felstead took part in his 10th CEO Sleepout
Crown Resorts chief executive Barry Felstead took part in his 10th CEO Sleepout

ARMED with nothing but a sleeping bag, pillow and couple sheets of cardboard, Crown Resorts chief executive Barry Felstead swapped the comfort and luxury of a five star hotel to sleep outdoors at the WACA.

As part of the annual Vinnie’s Sleepout, more than 94 WA chief executives and business owners braved the harsh winter elements on June 27, to raise money for Perth’s homeless.

More than 9000 people across WA are homeless on any given night and Mr Felstead says this is too many.

“The CEO Sleepout is a reality check,’’ he said.”

“The warmth of a bed in the middle of winter, as well as a roof over your head is something that we can quite easily take for granted.”

Mr Felstead has participated in all 10 Sleepouts in Perth raising more than $1 million for Vinnies in the process.

This year Mr Felstead raised $146,333 of the total $896,498 reached, surpassing the events goal of $800,000.

“Over the past 10 years, it’s hearing inspiring stories from those who have been helped by Vinnies through fundraising that have pushed me to raise as much money as possible,’’ he said.

“Personally, the Sleepout has given me a greater understanding how tough some people out there are doing it.

“Being able to give something back to help this cause gives me a great sense of personal fulfilment.”

Funds raised through the CEO Sleepout will help provide food and shelter for those most in need.