Anglicare Sleep Out
Each year Anglicare WA hosts a School Sleep Out to raise money for Street Connect, a service that supports the homeless. Students are given the opportunity to experience some of the difficulties the homeless face.
This year, ten of our Year 10 students and two staff took part in the Sleep Out. Despite the pouring rain and fierce winds the students eagerly arrived at Optus stadium along with 350 students from 14 other Anglican schools. The event was opened by Archbishop Kay Goldsworthy, and CEO of Anglicare, Mark Glasson.
The students participated in the ‘Homelessness Simulation Game’ which illustrated some of the challenges faced by young people as they seek support from services such as Centrelink. After a soup kitchen dinner the students set themselves up for the night. Little did they know that during the night they would be given a ‘move on notice’ by the security guards, woken by police sirens and barking dogs, even having some of their belongings taken from them.
The experience is a great opportunity for students to develop empathy for those in a less fortunate position. The Anglicare Ambassadors and Sleep Out participants managed to raise over $1700 for Street Connect through fundraising, sponsorships and school events.