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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2010 Week 06 Hansard (Tuesday, 22 June 2010) . . Page.. 2205 ..


Motion (by Mr Corbell) proposed:

That the Assembly do now adjourn.

CEO sleep-out

MR SESELJA (Molonglo—Leader of the Opposition) (5.38): I want to make quick mention of the CEO sleep-out which I had the opportunity to participate in last week. The CEO sleep-out is a fundraiser for St Vincent de Paul, and it is designed to raise awareness of homelessness by getting local CEOs, community leaders and business leaders to sleep rough for a night and experience just a glimpse of what unfortunately some people in our community are still experiencing on a regular basis. It is designed to raise money and awareness and to get CEOs and community leaders thinking about how they can make the situation better, how they can improve things, for vulnerable Canberrans and those who find themselves homeless.

I want to make mention of the wonderful efforts of St Vincent de Paul in arranging the CEO sleep-out. I think it was a great success. In Canberra, $337,761 was raised by CEOs, which is an outstanding effort. It is testament to the generosity of many Canberrans, and indeed the generosity of many CEOs who made their time available.

I want to make mention of some of the people who helped bring it about. From the St Vincent de Paul Society, there were Nicoll Parton, Stephanie Hawkins, Marlene Plumb, Barbara Knackstedt, and Bob Wilson, who is the CEO and who also participated in the sleep-out.

Paul Kane was, I believe, the top fundraiser from St George Bank, with $24½ thousand. Cheryl Cartwright raised $12,070 and Catherine Carter raised $10,150. I want to make mention of some of those people who got behind the sleep-out and indeed some of those who participated. There were far too many people to mention in terms of donors and supporters. Some made small donations and some made large donations; they were all very welcome.

I want to pay tribute to some of those people. We had a number of prominent names and others. There were people from my own office such as Maria Violi and Ian Hagan. I mention Robyn Hendry; John Mackay; Kate Carnell; Brian Acworth; David Flannery; the Canberra Raiders and Russell Boyd. Indeed, we had Amanda Bresnan on the list; I did not actually realise that, but thank you to Amanda. There were Ivan Slavich; Angela Samuels; Christina Samuels; ActewAGL retail; Chris Wood; Bruce and Barbara Coe; Nick Samaris from the Canberra City Weekly; the University of Canberra; Norma Whiting; Sam De Lorenzo; our own Karen Doyle from the Assembly; John Runko; Steven O’Brien; and AIT Property Investment. They were just some of the people who supported my fundraising efforts and I would like to thank each and every one of them.

I would also like to make mention, in the short time I have left, of some of those who contributed and who were part of the CEO sleep-out. I will not be able to mention everyone, but Dr Dion Klein was there from the WISE Academy; Tony Stubbs from

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