New Hope bosses sleepout to fight homelessness

25 May 2013

New Hope bosses Bruce Denney and Jim Randell can never normally be accused of lying down on the job.

But they willingly did it to promote a good cause this week - the Toowoomba Vinnies Community Sleepout which takes place on Thursday 20 June at Gold Park.

Bruce, New Hope’s Chief Operating Officer, and Jim, the New Acland General Manager, were quick to register for the sleepout and hope to raise some decent funds.

“When you realise more than 105,000 Australians are homeless each night of the year, it makes you really stop and think,” Jim said.

“While we only have to spend one night experiencing what it is like to be homeless in winter, we hope to make a positive difference by raising some much needed funds for St Vincent de Paul and their work against homelessness.

“I’m sure our employees will get right behind this initiative and we’re hoping the wider community will too.

“I hear there may even be some ‘challenges’ given to us by our employees, so I hate to think what may be in store for us on June 20.”

While the New Hope bosses were happy to make fun of themselves for the photo shoot, they are very serious about raising funds and awareness for Vinnies.

“We urge any other business or community leaders who are able to help Vinnies in their fight against homelessness to rise to the challenge of the sleepout,” Bruce said.

“It is really easy to register for the sleepout and to make a positive difference.

“Homelessness can happen to anyone – so please dig deep and help out where you can.”

Participants in the Vinnies Community Sleepout will sleep rough just as the homeless do. They are provided with a piece of cardboard, some dinner and a warm drink.

To find out more about the Toowoomba Vinnies Community Sleepout, or to donate to the New Hope participants, please visit:

New Hope Group St Vinnies Fundraising Challenge