Win­ter sleep­out a win­dow into home­less­ness

North Coast Times - - NEWS -

YEAR 11 and 12 stu­dents spent a night sleep­ing rough at their But­ler school re­cently to get an in­sight into home­less­ness.

The group of 61 Irene McCor­mack Catholic Col­lege stu­dents and teach­ers ar­rived at the an­nual Win­ter Sleep­out on Au­gust 24 with a card­board box, pil­low and wa­ter bot­tle.

They were served soup and bread for din­ner.

Ser­vice learn­ing co-or­di­na­tor Cherie Milne in­vited Paula An­gel to speak at the event and she shared her story about be­ing home­less, trau­matic ex­pe­ri­ences and the drive to sur­vive.

“Paula spoke from the heart,” Miss Milne said.

“She was open and gen­uine in all that she shared with our stu­dents, al­low­ing them to ask her any­thing about her jour­ney.

“Paula’s strength and pos­i­tiv­ity was in­fec­tious.”

As part of their ser­vice learn­ing, stu­dents in Year 11 sought spon­sors to do­nate ei­ther money or food and raised more than $650 for the St Vin­cent de Paul So­ci­ety.

The sleep­out fol­lowed the an­nual Win­ter Ap­peal for dona­tions for The Shopfront, a Catholic agency work­ing di­rectly with the home­less and peo­ple fac­ing hardship.

Stu­dents dur­ing the an­nual Win­ter Sleep­out.

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