A new chapter on being homeless
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.