SPIDERTECH managing director Haig Rice took to new heights to support the Salvation Army’s virtual 2020 Sleep Out event, ‘sleeping out’ suspended from the side of the Hotel Grand Chancellor.

Mr Haig slept in a tent 45 metres off the ground for 12 hours, catching the eye of anyone passing by.

“It was an opportunity to think a bit more deeply about the experiences of homeless people and the issue in relation to society as a whole,” he said.

“Every dollar helps massively, and I think we as a society should consider those less fortunate than ourselves.”

Mr Rice said the team at Spidertech wanted to bring more attention to the cause.

“It is such a fantastic cause and the work the Salvation Army does in the space of homelessness is really incredible,” he said.

“This particular cause has a really direct benefit to the people on the streets of Hobart.”

This year’s Salvos Sleep Out raised $63,981 for the Salvation Army’s Street2Home Program.

“It helps us keep our Street2Home worker doing the welfare checks on the people who are sleeping rough,” Salvation Army Tasmania public relations officer Major Brad Watson said.

“It is the only outreach program that is on the streets and in the parks to ensure those people who are experiencing homelessness are put into safe accommodation and are connecting to the relevant supports.”

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