St Vincent de Paul Sleep-out

This year, all junior leaders and the Year 12 CAP class participated in the St Vincent de Paul Sleep-out, raising money for Fusion. The night gave us a glimpse into the realities of homelessness by ‘sleeping rough’ to raise awareness and funds for Fusion homelessness services.

Fusion is a Christian youth and community organisation, which emerged as a creative response to socially-at-risk young people in Australia. Located in Mount Martha, Fusion’s Housing Support Program provides accommodation and support for young people experiencing homelessness between the ages fifteen and twenty-one.

This experience challenged our sense of home and gave us insights into the complex issues faced by people experiencing homelessness. For dinner, we ate soup cooked by the Year 12 CAP class with ingredients donated to us by local supermarkets.

We had a visit by the amazing Jess from Fusion, who opened our eyes to the causes of homelessness in Australia. We did some activities like four corners, with different facts on homelessness in Australia, reflecting on a day in the life of someone who is homeless compared to a day in the life of our own.

We finished the night off with some knitting and watching a movie called “Pursuit of Happiness”, which is about the life of a man struggling through poverty and homelessness.

Our group ended up raising $3,500 on the night, and we thanks the Padua Community for their generosity.

Jacinta Palancian

Year 12 Bernard