'Walk a Mile in My Shoes!'
What an extraordinary night was Wednesday July 23rd.
The St Bernard's Social Justice Network (SBSJN) followed up their wonderful symposium on social justice in 2013 with an equally enthralling evening raising awareness about homelessness in Australia.
Driven by all members of the SBSJN but especially through the amazing organisational skills of Deborah Njegac, the night consisted of listening to remarkable speakers Tony Nicholson from the Brotherhood of St Laurence, Ian Gartland from Ozanam House, Kate Rice from Wintringham Aged Services, and Ritchie Goonan Acting CEO of Hanover Welfare Services.
The considerable audience were treated to hard facts from the coal face of people who work with the homelessness on a daily basis and were able to thoroughly engage with the topic.
It was wonderful to see so many students their with their families along with staff and it must be noted that a number of boys slept outside in the school grounds that night to highlight the plight of those without a roof over their heads.
Along with their wonderful work of these boys the whole school contributed a massive amount of non-perishable food, clothing and blankets to donate to St. Vinnies.
All in all, a wonderful night highlighted the wonderful power of this Catholic community at St Bernard's.