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Students challenged to sleep out

 

LEONGATHA Secondary College students are getting behind the Salvation Army’s winter sleep in/sleep out.

Every year, the Salvation Army work with the school’s student representative council to get the event off and running in support of the Red Shield Appeal.

“The winter sleep out is an unreal experience,” the Salvation Army’s captain Martin Scrimshaw said.

“All the money goes towards the Red Shield Appeal and it makes a huge difference.”

The winter sleep out will be held at the Leongatha Railway Station on June 12.

Students and the local community are encouraged to bring along a sleeping bag and raise money for the cause.

The Red Shield Appeal provides much needed funds for family support services, support for children who leave home, foster care services and support for the homeless in Bass Coast, South Gippsland and Baw Baw.

Mr Scrimshaw challenged the students to raise $50 each to raise more than last year’s total of nearly $6000.

“Food and beanies will be provided on the night and everyone will need to bring their own sleeping bag,” Mr Scrimshaw said.

“We encourage everyone to join in. It could make a huge difference in someone’s life.”

A cooked breakfast will be prepared for participants the following morning.

The sleep in will be held at the school for the students the following Tuesday (June 16).

For those interested in participating in the winter sleep out, forms can be picked up at the Salvation Army office in Leongatha.

And look out for the Salvation Army as they ‘camp’ outside supermarkets in Leongatha and Korumburra this week looking for the generous community to donate to the appeal.

Rugged up: from left, Leongatha Secondary School students Taylah Darmanin, Zaine Barnard, Tristain Noble, Kurt Newton, James Ellis and Ashley Newton are already prepared with blankets for this year’s winter sleep out

Rugged up: from left, Leongatha Secondary School students Taylah Darmanin, Zaine Barnard, Tristain Noble, Kurt Newton, James Ellis and Ashley Newton are already prepared with blankets for this year’s winter sleep out

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