Homelessness awareness week - Sleepout 2018

Sleepout

Wednesday evening’s wintery feel set the scene for our 2018 Sleepout. Students from the Jesus in the Modern World class, along with several other students and staff braved the cold and slept out in the Penman Quad, to help begin understanding the complexities surrounding homelessness.

The night kicked off listening to some incredibly talented students playing in the VET rock band, and 2 more rock bands involving students from years 10-12. The talent of these students blows me away!

We were privileged to hear from Jan and Ruth, two founders of the Christchurch Community Meals Program, which has been in operation for about 30 years in central Geelong. The program serves breakfast 365 days a year and a hot dinner twice a week, serving upwards of 100 people per evening. Meals are offered to those who need it and is served with a smile.

We were also incredibly blessed to chat with, and listen to, a man who is currently experiencing homelessness. His story and message encouraging us to step out and make sure that we treat people experiencing homelessness with compassion, and as fellow equal human beings. –A smile, wave, simple hello or a chat can potentially do much more than we realise to a person, who along with homelessness, may be very lonely.

We carried into the night with a delicious soup dinner prepared by the VCAL students, activities, games, a fire pit, sleeping in the quad (potentially not the most comfortable sleep we have ever had), and then woke up to eggs and pancakes. I congratulate the students who got involved in this, and hope the message and community spirit is shared further afield.

Homelessness awareness week

Year 12 students, Jessie Morrow and Hannah Wood, have initiated a food drive during this week, collecting canned fruit, long life custard, milo and take away containers. The school community has been very generous, and this food drive will continue into next week. The supplies will go to Christchurch Community Meals Program, and other community meals programs if we can.

We have also jumped on board the XTM Heat the Homeless initiative. Insulated, weather proof jackets are being collected, and will be given to people who have found themselves in a less fortunate position and can really use them. If there are old ski jackets taking up space in your wardrobe, please send them along ‘give your old jacket a second chance’. 

Hoping everyone has had a great week!

 

Jane Smith
Outdoor Ed. and Physical Ed. Teacher

 

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