Last Friday, 6 September, we had
the 2019 Vinnies Sleepout; the theme was Homelessness and Women.
This year, we had Colin Krause as our guest speaker, the Youth
Services Coordinator for the St Vincent de Paul Society. He presented ideas and statistics concerning
homeless people in Australia, especially women, and how they end up in
positions of homelessness. Colin then talked the participants through activities
concerning mindfulness and meditative techniques that allow today’s youth to
take some time to de-stress from societal expectations. The night featured many
enjoyable, team building activities where we built new friendships and
strengthened old ones.
Thanks to Ms Giovanna Fiume and Ms
Natalie Calleja (and her greyhound, Skyla) for popping in at the start of our
evening. Thanks to Mr Jonathan Chelliah, Mr Keith Wetton and Mrs Chris
O’Callaghan for helping with the night and a special thanks to Mrs Sharon
Gregoor for all her help with the organisation. A big thanks to Ms Shari
Outram, our Canteen Manager, for all her efforts in terms of organising the
soup kitchen and food donations – the soup was delicious! A special
thanks to Dean at The Black Swan Bakery for donating two large bags of
bread, containing rolls and loaves for dinner and breakfast. Another
special thanks to Greg from Swan Valley Fresh, who not only donated the
ingredients for our Potato and Leek Soup, but donated them already
peeled. A big THANK YOU to all the participants – we can all now
appreciate how tough life is for some people in our society.
The night overall was a success,
with donations of $250, bags of clothes and non-perishable food items, all
going to the St Vincent de Paul Society.