Among dozens of business leaders taking part in the 2022 Vinnies CEO Sleepout at White Bay Cruise Terminal in Sydney on Thursday 23 June, are two senior executives from Pepper Money.
CEO Mario Rehayem and Chief Financial Officer Therese McGrath are giving up their beds for one night, sleeping out to support Vinnies’ and more than 116,000 Australians who don’t have a safe and secure place to live.
To date, the passionate Pepper Money executives have collectively raised over $24,000 to provide food, accommodation and essential services to people experiencing homelessness every day.
For Mr Rehayem and Ms McGrath, it will be the first time they take part in the annual CEO Sleepout.
“As we enter the colder months of the year here in Sydney, I’m reminded how fortunate most of us are having a warm bed to sleep in every night. However, for some people that aren’t as fortunate, we thought we would lend a hand at raising awareness and some money to make it a little bit easier for those that experience homelessness every year,” Mr Rehayem said.
“With my team behind me and alongside other leaders in business, community, and government, I am already so humbled by the outpouring of support to raise awareness and highlight the realities of homelessness.
“Pepper Money is incredibly grateful for the outpouring of support shown by everyone who has already donated and the collective fundraising efforts across our industry,” Mr Rehayem said.
According to Ms McGrath, who Chairs the Pepper Money Giving Program (the initiative that manages the sponsorship and donations to charity and community partners at Pepper Money) and Chairs Pepper Money’s ESG Committee, “With so many people struggling, this sleepout will give us real insight into what it’s like to sleep on the streets and hear from some incredible people who have experienced and overcome
“Thank you to all our sponsors. Each contribution will go towards vitally important services such as individual support programs, beds, and meals for people in our community who need it most.
“The Sleepout promises to be an incredible, eye-opening night that unlocks compassion and understanding whilst raising lots of money to help Vinnies change people’s lives. All you need is a big heart to support us,” she said.
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