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Pharmacy leader sleeps on the streets

CATHIE Reid, CEO of APHS Packaging spent a night sleeping rough on the streets in a bid to help raise funds for the homeless. Joined by 150 other beanie clad business leaders at the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout, Reid said that as mental illness is often a contributing factor to homelessness, it was important to her, as a representative of the pharmacy and health sectors, to help raise awareness of the issue in Australia. “The Vinnies CEO Sleepout has really opened my eyes to the growing number of homeless people in Brisbane – in particular the growing number of women and children who find themselves in circumstances where they have no roof over their head,” she said. “I hope my brief encounter sleeping in the open helps make me a better ambassador for those who sleep rough every night and who lack, not only a place to call home, but a voice,” she added. For her efforts, APHS staff, suppliers, customers and stakeholders helped Reid raise more than $10,000 for St Vincent de Paul homeless services, double her target. Reid is pictured above rugged up and ready for a cold evening on the streets. CATHIE Reid, CEO of APHS Packaging spent a night sleeping rough on the streets in a bid to help raise funds for the homeless. Joined by 150 other beanie clad business leaders at the annual Vinnies CEO Sleepout, Reid said that as mental illness is often a contributing factor to homelessness, it was important to her, as a representative of the pharmacy and health sectors, to help raise awareness of the issue in Australia. “The Vinnies CEO Sleepout has really opened my eyes to the growing number of homeless people in Brisbane – in particular the growing number of women and children who find themselves in circumstances where they have no roof over their head,” she said. “I hope my brief encounter sleeping in the open helps make me a better ambassador for those who sleep rough every night and who lack, not only a place to call home, but a voice,” she added. For her efforts, APHS staff, suppliers, customers and stakeholders helped Reid raise more than $10,000 for St Vincent de Paul homeless services, double her target. Reid is pictured above rugged up and ready for a cold evening on the streets.