Sleeping rough to help homeless
A RECORD number of St John Paul College students slept in the school quad overnight for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Sleepout.
The event was co-ordinated by the St John Paul College Year 11 students Ellie Hewitt, Will de Dassel, Broadie Cowling and Cameron Martyn of Year 12.
All four are executives on the St Vincent de Paul school committee and hope to raise more than $1000 for St Vincent de Paul at this year's sleepout.
Cameron is also the St Vincent de Paul Orara region youth representative.
He said an estimated 50 students participated in this sleepout - a record for the event at the school.
This year's event attracted great interest from younger students, particularly in Years 7 and 9, Broadie said.
"To have the interest of the younger years to take the initiative to be involved is very special," he said.
Earlier this week, the students met with volunteers from St Vincent de Paul to discuss the sleepout and fundraising for the event.
President of the St Vincent de Paul committee at the school, Ellie Hewitt said the volunteers were very impressed with the interest shown by St John Paul College students and awareness about homelessness.
"They were really surprised by how many people were there and how much interest there is from the school and how aware people are about the issue of homelessness," Ellie said.
In coming months, the students will also have stalls operating at the St John Paul Day where proceeds will be donated to St Vincent de Paul.
By the end of the year, the students are hoping to donate a few thousand dollars to St Vincent de Paul from fundraising initiatives undertaken throughout the year such as the sleepout