Students from St Peter’s Woodlands Grammar School will combine service with fun this Friday, as they walk a mile through the streets of Glenelg for National Homelessness Prevention Week.
As well as raising funds for local charity the Hutt Street Centre, they’ll be gaining insight into some of the issues homeless people face.
The event is part of the Hutt Street Centre’s ‘Walk a Mile in My Boots’ campaign to raise awareness of homelessness, with the catchphrase ‘No one who’s homeless should have to walk alone’.
“That’s why the children want to walk – to show that they’re not alone,” Student Representative Council Key Teacher, Kerry Ramsay, says.
“They’ll have lots of fun, but I also think it will develop their understanding of what homeless people go through, and the fact that homelessness isn’t something that you choose.”
In a fun twist, students have purchased crazy-coloured socks to wear on the walk; the proceeds will go to the Hutt Street Centre to help them provide services and meals to those with no one else to turn to.
It was the Student Representative Council who decided to support the event, and principal Christopher Prance is proud of their efforts.
“These students really get how fortunate they are, and that it’s important to think of others who might not be doing it as easy as we are,” he says.
All year levels, from Reception to Year 7, will participate.
Learning about The Hutt Street centre’s work has helped Year 7 student April Harding understand more about the hard situations homeless people can face.
“It would be really sad not having people to talk to, and not having people around to help you,” April says.
Senior Chaplain for Anglican Schools, Rev’d Andrew Mintern, says events like these can help teach children key Christian values.
“As an Anglican school we try and encourage social awareness in our children, and compassion for those in need.
“This is a really good way of both raising their social awareness and bringing our community together.”