6th Annual Winter Sleepout

11 August 2017 | General Interest

On Friday July 28, Thomas Carr College held its 6th Annual Winter Sleepout in the newly refurbished Fr Tobin Gymnasium, in solidarity with the 1300 homeless people in Melbourne’s CBD each night. It was a stormy, windy and chilly night but the 30 students, together with 4 staff , Mrs Dagmang, Ms Atwood, Mr Cathcart and Mr Shields, were not deterred to stay overnight in their sleeping bags.

The College Vinnies Conference opened the night by presenting a special guest from the Council of Homeless Persons, Mrs Christine Thirkell. Christine shared her experience of homelessness and how she courageously regained her confidence.

The evening was filled with fun and learning through activities such as building a shelter, building a tower, rejection game, jeopardy game, knitting, 40-40-base game, plastic bag-making, and the viewing of a film, ‘Conversations with God’. Dinner was served by the Vinnies Soup Van and bread rolls were donated by Routley’s Bakery. Laura, and two other volunteers from St Vincent de Paul Society, gladly accepted the overflowing Winter Appeal donations, mostly from the parishioners of St James.

The next day, a morning prayer service was conducted in the Memorial Garden near the College Chapel. Staff, students and parent, Mrs Bennett, concluded the gathering with a pledge to continue the good works they have started.

Thanks to all staff, parents and students who have supported those who participated in the Winter Sleepout by sponsoring them. All donations will be given to St Vincent de Paul Society.