Next Thursday the 17th of August, we will be inviting all Year 10, Year 11 and Year 12 to attend the 2023 SAHSSI Senior Winter Sleep Out. By attending, students will be raising awareness and funds for SAHSSI and will be standing in solidarity with the homeless and displaced women and families in our community who have been impacted by domestic violence.
SAHSSI is a not for profit Specialist Homelessness Service supporting vulnerable women and families in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven regions. In October 2014, two Women’s Refuges merged to create Supported Accommodation and Homelessness Services Shoalhaven Illawarra (SAHSSI). SAHSSI has over 30 years of continuous experience, primarily working with women, with or without children, affected by homelessness or domestic and family violence. For more information about SAHSSI please visit their website – https://www.sahssi.org.au/
All students who attend will be required to sleep out overnight in the Edmund Rice College Foyer. They will have the opportunity to hear from Gillian Vickers, SAHSSI Business Development Manager, about the incredible and much needed work they are doing in out community. In addition to this students will also be presented with a range of other informative and fun activities designed to bring our senior cohorts and College Community together in advocacy for those who are really doing in tough in our region.
The event culminates with a BBQ breakfast on Friday morning the 18th of August, before students join the rest of the school for Friday’s timetabled lessons.
As part of their attendance students are required to raise a minimum of $50.00 via the SAHSSI/ERC SupporterHub fundraising page – https://drct-sahssi.prod.supporterhub.net/pages/erc-senior-sleep-out. All students must create a profile to raise the minimum of $50 prior to attending.
In addition students will be awarded 5 house points for their College house for attending and can record 8 CSL hours for raising $50 and 5 CSL hours for sleeping out.
Students who would like to attend must complete the following form by Monday the 14th of August – https://forms.gle/15aQfUXCEaE7426CA
If you have any further questions about this important and valuable event, please contact me directly via email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Advanced notice: As we have heard about the Senior Winter Sleep Out coming up on Thursday, Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be having their own sleep out on Thursday 7th September.
The Junior Winter Sleep out will raise funds and advocate for the work of MCCI, formally know as SCARF (https://www.scarfsupport.org.au/in-a-nutshell). More information regarding this exciting opportunity will follow in the subsequent issue of the College’s newsletter.
Mr David Pullella