READY TO ROUGH IT: Preparing for a cold winter’s night outside are Metgasco’s Stuart George, Richmond Valley Council’s John Walker, Northern Cooperative Meat Co’s Simon Stahl and Casino RSM’s Neale Genge.
READY TO ROUGH IT: Preparing for a cold winter’s night outside are Metgasco’s Stuart George, Richmond Valley Council’s John Walker, Northern Cooperative Meat Co’s Simon Stahl and Casino RSM’s Neale Genge. Samantha Elley

Business leaders sleep out in cold to help homeless

SLEEPING rough on the streets is not usually something people do willingly but next Thursday 10 local CEOs and business people will be crashed out in Walker St, Casino, outside the Commercial Hotel for a good cause.

As part of the St Vinnies Community Sleepout, they will be bedding down to raise money for the charity to help homeless people.

Coordinator of the sleepout, Metgasco's community relations manager Stuart George, said it was "a bit of an idea".

"I just called a couple of mates and approached (St Vincent de Paul's) and they thought it was a good idea," he said.

"I figured if 10 of us could raise $500 each that would be a good amount to give St Vinnies."

Others involved in the sleep out include Richmond Valley Council general manager John Walker, CEO of Northern Cooperative Meat Company,

Simon Stahl, Westlawn's Geoff Schofield, Onfocus CEO Fiona Miller, LJ Hooker Evans Head principal Brian O'Farrell, owner of FEDC Mick Benton, principal of auctioneers Ramsey and Bulmer, Allen Ramsey, and Casino RSM Club's secretary/manager Neale Genge.

Executive officer for the Lismore Central Council of St Vincent de Paul, Michael Timbrell, said the organisation would spend around $150,000 each year helping disadvantaged clients in the Casino area.

"We don't get any government money and a lot of people come looking for help, most of the time because they can't make ends meet," he said.


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