For the past two years we have been unable to host the Vinnies Winter Sleepout for our Year 12 students at the College due to COVID-19 restrictions. So, we were very excited to be able to hold this event back on campus on Thursday 16 June.
Over 40 students and staff members participated in this event, creating a sense of solidarity with those who are homeless and helping to raise much-needed funds. A huge thank you to all who participated, helped with the preparation, donated soup and financial contributions. A special thank you to Bakers Delight at Chirnside Park who supplied us with an amazing number of bread rolls.
I really enjoyed the opportunity the Year 12 cohort were given to spend the night at school, raising money for the Vinnies Winter Appeal and sleeping in the Year 8 and 9 Quad. Although cold, our spirits were high. We played games, watched a movie and participated in a liturgy in the chapel. This helped us to understand the harsh effects of homelessness in Australia and reminded us of the reason we were raising money. It was a wonderful and significant night that I will always remember.
— Emma Williamson (Year 12 Jade)
The night was a lot of fun. I really enjoyed the sense of community that was created. It made me reflect on how lucky I am for the ability to be able to go home every day. It helped me to reflect compassionately on those who are not as fortunate.
— Noah Ruta (Year 12 Gold)
The Vinnies Sleepout was a very humbling experience and helped to put me in the shoes of a homeless person who goes through these struggles every day. The night was filled with fun and excitement, uniting us as a group. I want to thank the staff who went out of their way to supervise us and also contribute to a great cause.
— Mark Rimando (Year 12 Blue)