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Print Media CEOs Raise over $40,000 for Homeless Charity

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Bosses from the print media industry raised $40,067 sleeping rough at the CEO Sleepout and had a "reality check" about the difficulties faced by the 105,000 homeless Australians.

Doran Printing managing director Shaun Hammersley, who has raised $1,460, said he had his eyes opened at the Melbourne event.

"Doran Printing has donated some of the print over the last couple of years for the event, but this year I thought I had better take part," he told ProPrint.

"Having spent only one night in the cold, on cold concrete, you certainly appreciate what you have and what others don’t. I may be back in my nice warm office now, but many people sleep like this night after night," he said.

Bowden Group chief executive Damien Burchell, who has raised $2,700, said he learned a lot from the homeless people who spoke at the Adelaide sleepout.

"Once you understand what it's all about and you meet people who have lived off the street, you can't help but want to contribute in some way to it."

Goa Billboards' joint managing director, Chris Tyquin, raised $2,995 in Brisbane. He said the weather was chilly, and that the concrete ground made sleeping painful. "You walk a mile in another man's shoes and you get to feel what it's like."

Kwik Kopy chief executive David Bell, who has raised $865, joined the Sydney event.

"It gives you one day of the year when you can experience what it's like to not have very much in life. It reminds you of how lucky you are to have everything you do. It's a reality check," he said.

Fuji Xerox's executive general manager of marketing, Simon Lane, also slept rough in Sydney, and has so far raised $2,350.

"If this can save one kid, it's all worthwhile. We're lucky – it's just for one night," he told ProPrint.

Flagstaff Group chief executive Roy Rogers, who raised $6,296, said things went well at the Wollongong sleepout, where the executives passed their $100,000 target.

"The evening was chilly with clear skies and a cool southerly breeze, but no rain. Lang Park has a children's playground that amused a number of the 40 local chief executives until the early hours of the morning," he told ProPrint.

Six other print people also took part in the CEO Sleepout.

Former Geon chief executive Graham Morgan, now at Blue Star, contributed to the fight against homelessness with $3,475 of pledges.

Cheque-Mates chief executive Rodney Frost raised $12,332 at his fifth sleepout. Frost has been a major supporter of the event.

Goa Billboards' other joint managing director, John Tyquin, raised $4,745 at his second sleepout.

Smartcomm chief executive John Petri has raised $1,220, PR Print chief executive Steven Ehrhardt has raised $685 and Kuhn Corp Press & Packaging managing director Walter Kuhn has raised $946.


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