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Sleeping rough for a great cause: Vinnies Winter Sleep out

A large group of students chose to sleep rough for a night to support the work of the St Vincent De Paul Society and their work with the homeless in South Australia. The night was wet and windy but we all knew it was for a good cause.

Each student gave a gift to support the Vinnies. The gifts were items that we collected to go to helping the Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre and their work in supporting women and children with short term, emergency accommodation. Again, the generosity of our community was overwhelming.

Students experienced a night of sleeping rough to gain a sense of awareness and empathy for those who are homeless. Student had a meal which a homeless person would get at ‘Fred’s Van’ – meal trucks which Vinnies run in the metro area giving our meals to homeless people. We also heard some personal stories of men who were homeless and a very thankful that Vinnies helped them get their life back on track.  This night was to support the 5,985 people in South Australia experiencing homelessness.  

It was a powerful experience – it doesn’t fix this social issue, but it is helping to make awareness about homelessness and that all people even the homeless need to be shown the human dignity that we all deserve.