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Young People Care, Anglicare WA School Sleep Out

by Kelly Keal | Community Engagement Co-ordinator

At Anglicare WA we know first-hand how passionate young people are when it comes to making a difference and striving for a more just and fair Western Australia.

That is especially clear when it comes to our School Ambassadors program and the related Schools Sleep Out.

This year the Sleep Out saw 280 students from 16 Anglican schools come together at Optus Stadium on the most wintery night of the year.
Many arrived already drenched from the torrential downpour as they ran into the Stadium.

This was just the start of an experience to remember, as the students were immersed in a number of activities throughout the night that exposed them to the realities and complexities of life without a fixed address. The experience showed students how hard it can be to get ahead without the support of family and the uncertainties and dangers of life on the streets. It certainly wasn’t an easy night for the students but they showed themselves to be up for the challenge.

This year’s event raised over $90,000 for Anglicare WA’s Street Connect service which provides support to help turn around the lives of young people experiencing homelessness. Street Connect relies entirely on donations to survive and the Anglicare WA School Sleep Out now plays a crucial part in keeping our youth workers supporting those in need on the Streets of Perth.

This was our 4th Sleep Out and the involvement of our students and their schools grows year by year. It is a delight and a reminder of the firm commitment Anglican schools have to partnership with Anglicare WA in our important ministry. We thank the commitment of the 16 schools that participated.

If you would like to know more about our Schools program or Street Connect please visit: www.anglicarewa.org.au.

Published in Messenger, October 2019

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