A new chap­ter on be­ing home­less

Benalla Ensign - - Front Page -

On Au­gust 31, 15 FCJ Col­lege stu­dents de­cided to brave the cold to show their sup­port for the home­less of Australia in the an­nual St Vin­nies win­ter sleep­out, be­tween 5.30 pm and 8 am the next morn­ing.

This ar­ti­cle was con­trib­uted to the En­sign by a par­tic­i­pat­ing stu­dent who asked to re­main anony­mous.

Stu­dents had no time to worry about the cold as the night was full of fun and games, in­clud­ing trivia, so­cial bond­ing, yummy hot choco­lates and de­li­cious ba­con and eggs for break­fast.

Five fam­i­lies were kind enough to do­nate soup to the stu­dents so they had some­thing to eat and ex­pe­ri­enced what a home­less per­son may have to eat ev­ery night.

The stu­dents had to sleep on/in boxes for the night with noth­ing but a pil­low and a blan­ket to get a true in­di­ca­tion of what it would be like to not have a roof over their heads.

Early in the morn­ing, par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed how they slept and the main feed­back from ev­ery­body in­volved was that they didn’t sleep very well and it was hard to live like that for even one night.

This so­cial jus­tice event is just one of the many that the school of­fers to give the stu­dents a chance to step away from what they know best and stand in sol­i­dar­ity with oth­ers who may be less for­tu­nate than them­selves.

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