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A bad night’s sleep for a good cause

Students at Australian Catholic University’s (ACU) Canberra Campus braved the autumn chill last Friday night when they slept outdoors for the St Vincent de Paul Society Winter Appeal.

A bad night’s sleep for a good cause’ took place at three of ACU’s campuses - Canberra, Ballarat and Brisbane.

In Canberra, more than 30 students gave up the warmth and comfort of their own beds to experience homelessness for a night and raise awareness and money for those living on the streets.

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Greg Egan, ACU Signadou Student Association President, said: “The money raised will help St Vincent de Paul Society buy and distribute specially designed swags for the more than 150 people who will sleep on Canberra’s streets every night this winter.”

The St Vincent de Paul night patrol van, which distributes warm food and drinks to the homeless every night, visited the campus to support the students and their cause.

All money raised will help St Vincent de Paul Society provide relief to the homeless through crisis accommodation, domestic violence support, budget counselling and legal advice.