On June 20th, MacKillop’s College captains invited students and staff to rise to the challenge of experiencing what it is like to be homeless for one night in winter by holding a St Vinnies School Sleep Out. Over 35 students participated from every year level, including the seven college captains who conducted a workshop on homelessness. Participants donated $5 for an entry fee and blankets the next morning to St Vinnies Winter Appeal. The night started off with everyone finding a spot to sleep, with minimal comforts including only a sleeping bag and if lucky, a yoga mat.
The workshop included a short clip from Youtube about the perceptions that people have on homelessness. The captains then spoke about the three different types of homelessness being primary, secondary and tertiary. After the workshop, we watched the movie The Blind Side which tells a true story about a young man who was homeless but then taken in by a family. The movie provided students with the opportunity to think about the ways in which they view homelessness. The night ended with a song called ‘Stand By Me’, by people singing for change. The aim of the event was to provide students with the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding on the plight of homeless people in Australia.
Overnight it got to down to around 4° enabling students to truly experience a cold winter night. Overall it was a great experience and everyone enjoyed the night, although no one seemed to have had a good night sleep! We hope that this great cause continues with the next year’s leaders. Thank you to everyone who came along and participated. We hope that you continue to get involved in the St Vinnies Winter Appeals and continue to help make a difference!
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