39 of Tasmania’s business leaders, politicians and state dignitaries slept rough last night for the annual Sleep Out for the Salvos event held on the forecourt of the Grand Chancellor Hotel, Hobart. Except for rain at 4 am, it was a mild Tasmanian winter night. “Sleepers” got to experience a little of what it must be like to sleep outdoors, although as State Premier Lara Giddings pointed out to me, “it would be nothing like being homeless. We were at least safe here.”

The Salvation Army succeeded in smashing their 2010 record fundraising efforts by bringing in $119,904.30. These funds have been allocated to fund a new officer that will work directly with homeless people in and around Hobart.

I was asked by the Salvos Major Gifts Director, Mr Peter Atkinson to photograph the event as well as to interview Lara Giddings, Federal Member for Franklin Jacquie Pertrusma and other CEO’s, and other business leaders that attended this event. Here are just a few photographs from the event last night.