Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and teddy Tulls prepare for the CEO Sleepout.
Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale and teddy Tulls prepare for the CEO Sleepout. David Nielsen

'Homeless' Pisasale joins sleepout

IT'S not often the mayor of a city gets to know what it feels like living out of a suitcase.

For Cr Paul Pisasale, it has been a year since he “slept rough” as part of the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout campaign, but he hasn't forgotten the message.

With his pj's, beanie and scarf packed, Cr Pisasale will join a host of high-profile business and community leaders at Brisbane's Suncorp Piazza tomorrow night.

“You don't realise the degree of homelessness in this country, and I think sometimes we're getting our priorities wrong,” he said.

For what was expected to be a bitterly cold night, the Mayor promised to make room for his teddy bear, named “Tulls” – after Cr Paul Tully – whom Cr Pisasale is known to rely on for warmth and tenderness now and then.

Already in Queensland, 124 CEOs have registered, fetching $333,347 in donations for St Vincent de Paul's services.



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