Students from the Youth SVP Group from St. Mary’s Catholic College in Blackpool spent a chilly night outside this week in solidarity with those who have no homes to go to.
The young activists are members of the Youth SVP, a national group of young Catholics who strive to put their faith into action with an emphasis on social justice. As well as raising money, they took this opportunity to put themselves into the shoes of some of the most marginalised.
Armed with old cardboard boxes, sellotape, scissors and sleeping bags, the students built their cardboard lodgings which would house them until the following morning. Some were imaginatively elaborate. One featured a steeple-shaped roof atop which sat a cardboard cross, others comprised of various tubes made of several boxes joined together, and one included a hinged closing roof.
Although those who took part had an enjoyable evening, being architecturally creative, and spending time together, there was a deeper reason underpinning the event.
The Youth SVP is a national group of young Catholics who strive to put their faith into action with an emphasis on social justice. As well as raising money, they took this opportunity to put themselves into the shoes of some of the most marginalised.
One student spontaneously exclaimed half way through the night, “it is not fair that people have to live like this”.
The sleep out also coincided with the national coalition campaign ‘Enough Food For Everyone IF”, of which CAFOD is a leading member. The students of St. Mary’s are actively involved in CAFOD work, and this was a perfect opportunity to create a school statement to feed into the campaign.
The students partaking in the sleep out created a human ‘IF’ as an expression of their commitment to ending global hunger; an injustice not just relevant for those overseas. The slogan could as easily read ‘Enough basics for everyone IF’.
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