Each fortnight we will be featuring a piece in our newsletters from - or about - our students! This will help to capture and share some insight into student life at Salesian College Sunbury.
For this edition, Michelle Grover, Sian D'Monte, Rachel Grover, and Maddi Vick, have written a piece about the recent St Vinnie's Winter Sleepout. The girls are very passionate about the cause and would love to raise awareness and encourage people to donate to a couple of worthwhile charities.
Do you have a warm bed to sleep in? Do you have food that keeps you alive? Do you have a roof over your head to keep you warm and safe? Thousands of people all over the world DON’T have any of this. Each year more and more citizens of Australia are becoming homeless due to family issues, job loss, and taxes. Our school, Salesian College, decided that it is time for the younger generation to step up and raise awareness for this worldwide issue.
On the 17th of August, a group of students ranging from different years came together to raise awareness for homelessness. This night was purely to understand what it would be like to sleep rough in the city. Straight after school, we each got changed and headed to the bus where we were off to the Ozanam House in North Melbourne.
Shortly after we arrived at Ozanam house, we were greeted by one of the workers there and a volunteer, who explained to us what they do, who they help, and a few of the facilities they provide. Then they took us for a tour of their centre, as if we were a person in need entering for the first time. We even got to see their kitchen where they make food, and have a look inside their pantry. From this tour, we learnt about the many facilities the centre has to help those in need, such as podiatrists, art therapy groups, dentists, and a cafe group. We were also able to find out about their new expansion of their crisis accommodation centre near the Children’s Hospital and that they are soon going to be moving the centre and everything in it to the new centre, as well as building accommodation for women there. At the end of our tour, to thank them for their time and help them with their renovations, we donated over $1000 in Coles gift cards to support the centre through their renovations. After leaving Ozanam house, we all got back into the bus and went to drive past the homeless 'hotspots' of Melbourne where a lot of homeless people would sleep the night. Some of these places included the Queen Victoria Market, and Flagstaff Gardens. Mr Connelly explained to us why homeless people would choose to sleep there, and how they were treated there. From visiting these places, we were able to gain a greater understanding of the struggles homeless people in Melbourne face, and realise how important it was to try to help them.
We then came back to school and had some soup that represented the soup vans that come to feed the homeless people. Straight afterwards, we went to the FJCC to watch a documentary about homeless people and their day to day lives. It was a really emotional day as none of the students really knew how hard their lives are. Later on, we got ready for bed; it was -1 degrees so it was REALLY COLD. Unfortunately, at 1am it started to rain and some of our students got wet, but were able to get inside. Just imagine living on the street where it is raining, and having to place to go to keep warm and dry! Homeless people would just sit in their area and be drenched for the night. Overall, Salesian students and teachers have learnt how hard life really is for homeless people.
We have so many amazing charity that are willing to support people in need. So we ask you if you could please donate money to the following charities as there are trying to make this world a better place for homeless people:
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