STUDENTS and the Holy Cross College community spent a night sleeping in cardboard boxes to gain a small experience of what life is like for Australians doing it rough.
The school raised $10,000 during the June LifeLink Sleep Out and put together more than 30 baskets of blankets and toiletries for those in need.
“Students had no electronic devices or pillows,” said Principal Mandy Connor.
“They slept in cardboard boxes in their warmest clothes and blanket.
“But unlike the Australians sleeping rough on the streets Holy Cross College students were made aware that they had each other, they had their caring teachers and staff, they had protection, they were safe, they were not alone, without food, or blankets or someone to protect them or comfort them if they were scared.”
Evening activities included discussions about homelessness, letter writing, knitting, personal reflection time and prayer.
Hospitality students ran a soup kitchen for participating students.
“These activities were to show our students the everyday things they take for granted, blankets, toothbrushes, deodorant, soap, toys and food, are a luxury to the 400 plus children and families experiencing a night without a home and the more than 100,000 Australians a year who are homeless.
“Students and staff were asked to think of someone who is struggling, someone who needs their prayers and to send a prayer of hope and love to them,” Ms Connor said.
Holy Cross College has raised more than $43,000 for LifeLink in eight years.