Why premier is sleeping out in the cold

One state premier has pledged to sleep out in the cold before revealing a key reason why.

Peter Malinauskas will return to South Australian streets this year to sleep out in the cold and raise money to help the homeless.

The Premier has participated in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout event for the past six years and said just because he had a new job title, it wouldn’t stop him from doing it again.

The father-of-three took to social media to announce he would get on board with the event, held on June 23 at the South Australian Museum.

Along with his post was a photo from the first night he had ever participated.

“This was my first @VinniesSA CEO Sleepout as a Member of Parliament six years ago,” it read.

“It was just one night of the year but I can’t imagine what it’s like to be sleeping in the cold every single night.

“The fact that there are people in our state who do is just heartbreaking.”

Mr Malinauskas is looking to raise $20,000 for his good deed.

So far, more than $1700 has been donated through his fundraising page.

All money raised from the event goes towards St Vincent de Paul Society to support homeless Australians.

“For one night, I’ll be sleeping outside as part of an eye-opening experience to raise awareness and bring home the realities of homelessness,” the premier’s fundraising page read.

“To help break the devastating cycle of homelessness, I need your support.”

Mr Malinauskas said he remembered the coldest night he had slept out on the streets was at Adelaide Oval four years ago.

“It’s bloody awful,” he told 5AA Radio.

“Last year (the rain) absolutely came down at Lot 14. I was sleeping on the grass and everything was going okay.

“The rain coming down isn’t the problem but when it starts coming up from underneath you, it’s game over.

“It’s a good cause … and is something I’ve been wanting to help with in previous years and I was hardly going to say no just because I had a change of job in the last few months.”

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