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St. Peter's College. Social Justice Winter Sleepout

18 August 2017 | General Interest

2017 East Campus Social Justice Winter Sleepout

Twenty Five Year 12 and 11 students gathered in the Graham Building of the East Campus on Friday night. It was a night set aside for Social Justice Awareness, with the aim to expose our students to the basics needs of the homeless: dignity, companionship and hope.

The students also raised funds to purchase blankets to go towards their aim of supplying fifty blankets to the Vinnies Winter Appeal. They will follow up with their Annual Soup Day next week.

The night started with 2016 College Social Justice Captain, Abigail Rook, returning to talk to the students about her travels overseas, and how that had changed her world view and life view. Then on to some fun for all, with guest Trivia Master from the College IT Staff, Brad, where it was a hotly contested competition between teams of students and staff team, it was decided that no winner would be announced, to preserve everyone's dignity.

Marist Brother Doug, former Manager of the Vinnies Soup Vans, generously gave his time, travelling from the other side of the city, to show three short videos about the homeless in Melbourne, and to tell some very moving and poignant personal stories about his times with those on the streets,(even those in homes, who could not afford to feed their families, even if they could keep a roof over their heads).

He finished with some very practical advise on what young students of Senior Secondary School and University age could achieve, with just the right approach and the giving of time and companionship to those living on the streets.

Students and staff slept a little rough in the cold building and had a very welcomed warm breakfast in very cold and wet conditions.

Thanks to 2017 Social Justice Captain, Tiffany Forbes, for all her work on bringing this wonderful experience together. Thanks also to the staff who supported the event.