TWO year 10 Warnbro Community High School students helped to highlight the plight of homeless people in the region by organising a sleep-out at the school last week which raised more than $1000 for Anglicare.
Kayla Roulston and Abbey Hobson came up with the idea in a humanities and social science class with their teacher Rae Prameswari.
“Kayla and Abbey were determined for the idea to materialise beyond the original intention as an entry to the annual Bendigo Bank ‘How would you improve your community’ competition,” Ms Prameswari said.
“Together, they conducted a survey for students, obtained expressions of interests from teachers willing to be involved and liaised with various stakeholders to ensure the feasibility of the Sleeping Rough event.”
Ms Prameswari said the students’ initiative was rewarded by 80 students and 10 teachers taking part in the event.
“Although Kayla, Abbey, and their fellow Year 10 student councillors are aware that the donations may not be substantial to effect long- term change, they are optimistic that allowing their peers the opportunity to emulate the experience will trigger their internal sense of empathy,” she said.
Kayla said she didn’t know if the event was feasible while they were planning for it.
This included obtaining food for the night and enlisting the support of the local Saab dealership, Bunnings, Coles, Ace Cinema and Priceline Pharmacy.
Abbey said it was a whole-community event, with her parents also helping out as volunteers.
Ms Prameswari said many of the students were proud that the school had an opportunity to take part in such a positive cause.
Principal Kya Graves gave an address at the start of the sleep-out and said she was also proud of the students for organising and taking part in the sleep-out.
She said the students had found a purpose and quoted Nobel laureate Albert Schweitzer, who said the purpose of human life was “to serve and to show compassion and the will to help others”.