Austin Cove students' sleepout raises charity funds on Homelessness Week

SLEEPOUT: Austin Cove Baptist College students got an insight into homelessness at their sleepout event last week. Photo: Imogen Tucker.
SLEEPOUT: Austin Cove Baptist College students got an insight into homelessness at their sleepout event last week. Photo: Imogen Tucker.

Austin Cove Baptist College hosted a year 5 and 6 winter sleepout last Friday to highlight homelessness and to raise money in support of St Vincent de Paul.

In the spirit of National Homeless Week, students and parents were encouraged to bring nothing more than a sleeping bag, a roll-up mattress and a pillow for sleeping, whilst staff ran a soup kitchen to provide a warm meal for the 30 participants.

As darkness rolled in, the students got to work building their shelters for the night, which consisted of boxes, masking tape and a creative mind.

This was followed by a campfire, hot chocolate and toasted marshmallows before playing a movie outside in the junior primary undercover area.

The participants woke to the smell of a hot breakfast and headed home to their electronic devices and a hot shower, which they appreciated more as a result of having the outdoor experience.

Austin Cove principal Katie Greenhalgh said the event was worthwhile.

"The night was a huge success and made us feel really grateful for the things we do have, such as a warm bed and a comfortable house," she said.

"Every person who participated on the night has gained a valuable insight into the lives of the people experiencing homelessness."

Austin Cove raised $400 from the sleepover, which will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.

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