Sleepless night ahead for footy chief fundraising for homeless

Swan Districts Football Club CEO Tom Bottrell is taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise awareness of homelessness. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d401520
Swan Districts Football Club CEO Tom Bottrell is taking part in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout to raise awareness of homelessness. Picture: Dominique Menegaldo www.communitypix.com.au d401520

The event, which raises awareness and funds for the homeless and is run by the Saint Vincent de Paul Society, encourages chief executives all over Australia to sleep it rough to understand what the homeless face every night.

Bottrell said he was taking part in the event to help reduce the number of homeless Australians, currently about at 100,000, and raise awareness.

‘Awareness can be just as important as financial assistance,’ he said.

‘Everyone needs to help build awareness to the plight of some people in our own neighbourhoods.’

With the sleep-out being Bottrell’s first participating year, he said it was a cause that needed to be promoted in the community and he was looking forward to some healthy competition in raising funds with East Fremantle chief executive Adam Kelly.

Bottrell would like to raise $5000 for the cause and is currently sitting on $280, with Kelly close behind on $200.

He is hoping he will get over the line with the support of all his members.

To support his contribution, visit http://www.ceosleepout.org.au/ceos/wa-ceos/tom-bottrell.