Tech execs brave the cold for charity

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Tech execs brave the cold for charity

Industry sleeps out for homeless charity drive.

Senior technology executives joined 684 other CEO's and Government officials in a sleep out under the stars last night to raise money for homeless Australians.

The CEO Sleepout, run by the St Vincent De Paul Society since 2006, has raised some $2.6 million for the charity with a coordinated event in most Australian capital cities overnight.

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Paul Broad, AAPT
Among the participants roughing it with a piece of cardboard for a bed and a cup of soup for dinner was AAPT chief executive Paul Broad and Ian Gardiner, CEO of online video company Viocorp.

"It was a truly inspirational and humbling experience," Broad [pictured] said today. "It reminds us that we can't afford to lose sight of the fundamental human right of every person to have a roof over their head. For those of us privileged enough to have a warm, safe place to sleep each night, it certainly brings about a renewed respect for the homeless and what they endure."

Broad initially bunked down near the water's edge at Sydney's Luna Park, but within a few hours realised the view wasn't worth the wind-chill factor and retreated up to a quiet corner with a couple of cardboard boxes.

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Ian Gardiner's bed
No such problems for Gardiner, who chose a more protected position [pictured].

"It ended up being warmer and dryer than expected, so the discomfort levels were not really that high," Gardiner said.

"It was great to be able to do something to raise awareness of the issue and to raise much needed money for the cause. Homelessness is a pretty unsexy, unglamorous charity which often gets ignored at the expense of the better known charities and causes." 

Executives from AVG, CA, Compu-Stor, Flexera, Integ, mBits, McAfee, Symantec, Syspro, Telstra, Thomas Dureya and Via IP also participated, as did Senator Kate Lundy.

Vinnies reports that some 105,000 Australians are homeless. The charity continues to take donations.

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