Oakhill College has joined forces with Castle Hill High School, Cherrybrook Technology High School, Muirfield High School, Pennant Hills High School and Rouse Hill Anglican School to collect winter woollies for homeless people in Sydney.
The Blanket and Beanie Winter Appeal was initiated 3 years ago by the now School Captain of Pennant Hills High School, David Brown. The project has grown considerably to become an inter-school collaboration with 2019 being the first year that Oakhill College has been involved.
During the month of May, students and staff have been asked to donate winter apparel, especially blankets, beanies and scarves for homeless people.
Christian Habkouk, College Captain of Oakhill College has been instrumental in establishing this initiative at Oakhill College.
“After being contacted by David Brown from Pennant Hills High School, I was extremely keen to have Oakhill involved. I believe we take the simple things in life for granted, such as warmth, shelter and family. Homeless people struggle to obtain these necessities, and our impact will go a long way and hopefully make a difference.”
According to the 2016 ABS Census, 116,427 people in Australia were counted as being homeless in 2016. On any given night, this equates to 1 in 200 people not having suitable accommodation alternatives.
All donated items will be distributed to Sydney’s homeless through charitable organisations including Hope Street and Jesus Cares Ministry. Collection points for donations are located at each of the schools.
For further information, please contact Oakhill College on 9899 2288.