Written by James Rodgers
In the spirit of the Vinnies CEO Sleepout, last 25th of July members and friends of the St Luke’s youth group in Woodvale slept rough for the night in and endured one of the coldest mornings in Perth. The aim of this annual event is to gain a better understanding of the hardship associated with homelessness and be inspired to contribute to the cause.
Instead of dinner, only a light supper consisting of soup and bread was provided. They were joined by a special guest, Fred Sim, who passionately shared his experiences working at The Shopfront soup kitchen, St Vincent De Paul Society and Banksia Hill Detention Centre. These ministries and charities were highlighted as good ways to live out The Seven Corporal Works of Mercy as stated on Matthew 25:34-40.
In the cold, dark hours of the night, the group slept outside with only a sleeping bag and a cardboard box as the temperature dropped below 5 degrees Celsius. Many participants spoke about their discomfort and difficulty to sleep under the conditions but also expressed their gratitude for the home they could return to later that day.
The young people came out of this experience with a stronger desire to create awareness of various acts of mercy young people can do to help those that are in need.
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