Builder sleeping out to aid homeless efforts

Builder Dale Alcock will be part of the CEO Sleepout fundraiser tonight. He is asking people which onesie he should wear during the sleepout. Picture by Andrew Ritchie. d421250
Builder Dale Alcock will be part of the CEO Sleepout fundraiser tonight. He is asking people which onesie he should wear during the sleepout. Picture by Andrew Ritchie. d421250

Mr Alcock will be joined by 121 other business leaders as part of WA’s Vinnies CEO Sleepout.

On the night, the participants get a soup-kitchen style dinner and a piece of cardboard to sleep on. They then have to find a place to spend the night around the WACA grounds, Mr Alcock said.

The builder has also been spending time at the Passages Centre in Northbridge to gain more insight into the issue.

‘The thing that resonates with me is the vulnerability of people, that homelessness is probably only three or four bad decisions, or bad situations, away from any of us,’ he said. ‘We might think we are bullet-proof but issues such as relationship breakdowns and mental health issues can affect any of us.’

Last year, Mr Alcock raised $135,000, the most among the WA chief executives who took part in the event.

‘All the funds raised in WA stay in WA,’ he said. ‘I really liked that aspect of it.’

St Vincent de Paul Society chief executive for WA Mark Fitzpatrick, who will also be sleeping out, said the event was the largest source of funding for the organisation’s homeless services.

‘We are incredibly grateful to all the business and community leaders who get behind this event and dedicate their valuable time to show their support and advocate on behalf of those doing it tough,’ he said.