Posted by Lachlan Stewart
on 30 September 2019
After school on Friday 6th September, 38 Students and 8 staff members slept rough, in a bid to raise funds and awareness for the national epidemic of homelessness. From the 2016 Census data, over 116,000 Australians were experiencing homelessness in one form or another.
The night kicked off with two representatives from St Vincent de Paul Society coming to enlighten the students a little more on what being homeless actually means. One of the sessions gave students the chance to try and figure out the profile of the homeless person, according to the items they possessed in their bag. The other session was looking at how certain circumstances can be the difference between being classed as homeless or not.After dinner, the students were lead through a session, based on the Book of Micah's quote, "Act Justly, Love Tenderly, Walk Humbly..." (6:8). After this, the students watched either "The Oasis" documentary created in 2008, or the 2009 film, "The Blind Side". Once both finished, the students turned in for the night and commenced their simulation of "Sleeping Rough". The morning brought about a barbecue breakfast and the conclusion of our first Vinnies Sleepout.
We would like to thank all the staff and students that got involved with the night and sacrificed their Friday night during a very busy exam period. We also thank our APRE Mr Paul Corfield for helping with organisation, as well as running the Micah session. We truly hope to make this an annual event in Southern Cross' calendar, and hope to expand participation!