MORE than 200 CEOs have agreed to sleep out in the cold next week to experience what it is like to be homeless in Sydney.
An initiative of the St Vincent de Paul Society, organisers initially hoped to raise $250,000 from the event.
This has since risen to at least $500,000, with those expressing interest in taking part in the night being double what was originally anticipated.
“Many CEOs have said they are walking past homeless people huddling in doorways, and they have felt great sadness,” St Vincent de Paul Society CEO John Picot said.
“They feel that if they share that experience for even just one night, they are expressing their commitment to making real change.”
“And there’s no getting around it. It is going to be cold and miserable on the night. We are urging all participants to really rug up. The experience will be a real one.”