There is no single cause of homelessness. It can affect anyone at any time. A shortage of affordable and available rental housing, domestic and family violence, poverty, unemployment, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, financial crisis, exiting state care and/or prison, and economic and social exclusion are all factors that contribute to the current state of homelessness in Australia.
Vinnies raises money to provide people experiencing homelessness and people at risk of homelessness with vital access to food and accommodation, education, counselling, employment and health services.
To support Vinnies, Lendi CEO David Hyman was joined by Chief Product Officer Mark Kalajzich, Chief Operating Officer Sebastian Watkins and Chief Marketing Officer Zara Cobb who teamed up to take part in the CEO Sleepout on Thursday 18 June.
David, Sebastian and Zara all experienced what it was like to sleep outside in Sydney on a winter’s night while Mark took part from New Zealand due to travel restrictions.
Together they raised a staggering $32,310 for Vinnies this year.
David Hyman, Lendi co-founder and CEO, said; "I’m so proud of our leaders and the entire Lendi team who got behind this initiative to help raise these much needed funds.
"There are so many reasons that people end up experiencing homelessness and it’s important to remember that we always have a responsibility to help those less fortunate or who are facing tough times."
The Vinnies CEO Sleepout raises money for crisis accommodation, food, healthcare, counselling, education, employment, and support to find a permanent home for thousands of people across the country.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 event was live-streamed with participants taking part from their homes. Participants nominated to sleep in either their cars, on their couches or in their backyards to gain a sense of the housing insecurity faced by thousands of Australians every night.
Lendi Homes was designed to give everyone at Lendi the opportunity to give back. By making it easier for Australians to find a better home loan, we’re helping relieve financial stress. That’s why each initiative in our Lendi Homes program has followed a similar theme of shelter, homes and houses. Learn more about Lendi Homes here.
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