Business leaders sleep out for homeless

Fifty business leaders in Winnipeg woke up on the street Friday morning.
Business leaders sleep out at the corner of Portage and Main in Winnipeg to raise awareness and money for homeless issues. (Abdoulaye Cissoko/CBC)

Fifty business leaders in Winnipeg woke up on the street Friday morning.

They spent a chilly night sleeping outdoors at Portage Avenue and Main Street to raise awareness and money for programs for the city's homeless.

"It's not just a matter of getting someone a job. Because if you don't have a place to sleep at night, you're not going to be able to show up wide awake, bushy-tailed first thing in the morning," said Diane Grey, president and CEO of CentrePort Canada.

"So, it's the fact that we need a whole community to work on these issues together."

This is the second year for the CEO sleepout. Last year $100,000 was raised.

This year the participants hope to raise $150,000.