On a school trip to Sydney, school children from St Aloysius College in Kingston became acutely aware of homelessness in Australia.
When they returned from the trip, the teachers and students started investigating what homelessness looks like in Tasmania and how they could help.
Hats for Homelessness is an annual event, held by Colony 47, that engages schools to raise awareness of the issues of homelessness and funds that contribute to solutions.
St Aloysius College took the event one step further by organising a range of events throughout Anti-Poverty Week to raise money and awareness.
They worked together to put on a sausage sizzle and get the whole school involved in wearing a hat or crazy hair accessory for Colony 47’s Hats for Homelessness Day.
Their effort paid off, raising an amazing $858.20 that will contribute directly to the Colony 47 Community Christmas Day Lunch that provides a meaningful celebration of community for over 350 Tasmanians doing it tough.
Please take the time to read the report below by School College Captain, Jordyn.
Homelessness Week Report by Jordyn M. -School College Captain
In July, four students including myself had the amazing opportunity to go to Sydney to partake in the Sisters Of Charity Street Retreat although being blessed with such an experience, we were also exposed to the other side of Sydney. We saw lots of poverty, and for me the amount of poverty we saw was on a scale I’ve never seen before, as soon as we landed back in Hobart we were inspired to look at the issues within our own backyard and do something about them. Which is how we came across Colony 47.
We thought this would be a perfect organisation to raise funds for and help make a difference in young people’s lives. After many meetings about what we could do we all agreed on holding “Homelessness Week.” At the Kingston Campus (Kinder – Grade 4) we held Hats for Homelessness, where the kids wore a hat to support the homeless people of Tasmania. We then moved over to the Huntingfield Campus (Grade 5 – Grade 10) and had a free dress day and sausage sizzle, which was a huge success. We also had two groups of twenty students travel out to Foodbank to engage in an outreach session, where we packed food for the homeless and the less fortunate people of Hobart.
Whilst in Sydney we did a lot of outreach activities. So we thought it was really important to include something similar, as it’s one thing to raise money but it’s another to actually physically make a difference. Although no funds were donated to Foodbank we were about to complete the work of two volunteers over eight days, in just two hours which really helped them out. We are so blessed to have amazing lives and we hope our contribution to Colony 47 can help change peoples lives.