Mini-Vinnies sleepout

On a chilly Friday night in June, 16 adventurous students from St Aloysius Catholic College gave up the comfort of home in an effort to raise funds to support the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society. The College’s Mini-Vinnies created their own version of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout designed to raise awareness of the plight of homelessness and to get an insight into how it would feel to be homeless.

The students swapped their usual beds for ones made out of reclaimed cardboard. With no access to television or computers, games in the College’s drama room provided a welcome way for the students to pass the time.

A visit from St Vincent de Paul’s ‘Loui’s Van’ provided the much needed warming evening meal of soup and toasties, served up by volunteer Mr Michael Hunt. The students ate their meals outside in the cold. Mr Hunt stayed to speak with the students about the support Loui’s Van provides to the community by way of travelling to areas around Hobart to provide a warm meal for those in need. The students then presented Mr Hunt with a $200 donation from their fundraising efforts to support the work of Loui’s Van.

The students also had a visit from Mrs Lee Wolfe at Kingborough Helping Hands who spoke of the work they do in the local community including a weekly food van run with the assistance of Loui’s Van. The students also provided a $100 donation to Mrs Wolfe to assist the Helping Hands.

When it came time for bed the students made their way to the library to climb into their cardboard beds and settle in for the night. The morning brought hot toast and orange juice provided by staff before the students’ families arrived to take them home.