|Vinnies School Sleepout 2015 - 23 October 2015|
On the evening of Thursday 17 September, 31 Senior students and staff slept on the floor of Duhig Hall in solidarity with over 100,000 Australians that are homeless each night. Just under half of these people are women; and a quarter are under the age of 18.
Anthony Forshaw, a St Vincent De Paul Youth Worker, commenced our evening, speaking to us about his experiences working with homeless people in our local area. He provided some interesting activities and thought-provoking stories on the issues surrounding homelessness. One of the most important messages we received was that with our help, we can fight the issue of homelessness together.
Following this, we enjoyed participating in an activity to build a home out of cardboard boxes. We were given the stimulus to make something that represented a home not just a house. The evening concluded with a moving liturgy in the Chapel where all students pledged to make a change in this world to help stop homelessness. The serenity of the Chapel at night once again made us feel very grateful for all we have.
This night was not just about experiencing homelessness but to make inroads to address the cause of homelessness with the aim of breaking the cycle permanently. Thank you to the generous staff: Mrs Raelee Lewis, Mrs Mary Clarke, Mr Simon Gould, Mrs Anita Moore and Ms Tamara Richardson, who so willingly gave up their time to spend an evening in solidarity with us. I highly recommend this experience to all senior students.