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YMCA NSW’s Leisa Hart to take part in this year’s Vinnes CEO Sleepout

06 Jun 2016 - Media ReleasesStaff

YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart will join other senior executives from across the country this month and spend a night on the streets as part of the St Vincent de Paul Society CEO Sleepout.

The annual event highlights the plight of the 100,000 Australians who experience homelessness each night.

As the head of an organisation with a mission to create better opportunities and safer environments for young and disadvantaged people, it’s a cause close to her heart.

“YMCA NSW is passionate about building healthier, happier connected communities for all. We advocate on behalf of children, young people, and vulnerable adults to create safe environments,” explains Leisa.

“Of particular concern to me is the fact that 17 per cent of Australia’s homeless are under 12 years of age. That is simply unacceptable. As a mother, I cannot imagine not being able to find shelter and food for my daughter, nieces and nephew.

“Homelessness is one of the most pressing social issues we face today, and we can’t build thriving communities unless we tackle it head on.

“In my role I am committed to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children is prioritised above all else – that is why doing the Vinnies Sleepout is so important to me,” she said.

Now in its eleventh year, the CEO Sleepout has raised over $30 million to provide crucial assistance to people experiencing homelessness across Australia. The event is on Thursday 23 June at Carriageworks, Eveleigh.

To sponsor Leisa and read more about it, visit search for Leisa Hart.

To find out more about YMCA NSW’s programs, visit


Media contact:

Louise O’Donnell

Media and Content Specialist



About the YMCA:


YMCA NSW is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to connecting people to their communities to live healthier and happier lives.

We deliver services in more than 100 locations across NSW including camps, before and after school care, community recreation and sporting facilities, swimming pools and youth services. We also raise funds to deliver much needed community programs.

With a commitment to delivering healthy living programs, empowering young people and making a positive social impact, we strive to ensure that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. With the Y, everyone can be healthier, happier and connected to their community.

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