Headmaster leaves warm bed behind

GOOD NIGHT: John Paul College Headmaster Warren Peat gets ready to take part in the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout.
GOOD NIGHT: John Paul College Headmaster Warren Peat gets ready to take part in the St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout.

IT IS set to be a long, cold night for Warren Peat, but the John Paul College headmaster does not mind one bit.

Mr Peat has signed up for the annual St Vincent de Paul Sleepout where he will swap his warm bed for a sleeping bag on the street.

The sleepout challenges community leaders to experience what it's like to be homeless for one night.

Mr Peat was nominated for the challenge by a fellow staff member but said he was happy to take part.

“I think it's a great way to get a glimpse of how other people live their lives every day,” he said.

Mr Peat said not everyone had a bed to go to every night, or a warm doona to pull up over their head.

The keen headmaster isn't taking the challenge lightly, and has already raised $2000 for the appeal.

He said every little bit counted and helped St Vincent de Paul provide care for people living on the streets.

The charity organisation provides 420 beds for the homeless and for people at risk of being homeless.

All money raised during the sleepout will go towards funding new projects and aiding existing St Vincent de Paul programs, including crisis accommodation, domestic violence support and access to counselling.

In the last census in 2006, a staggering 27,000 Queenslanders were listed as homeless, with 49% of those aged 35 and older. 16% were homeless teenagers aged between 12 and 18.

Mr Peat praised St Vincent de Paul for its unique approach to the issue.

“I think it's a really novel and interesting way to be bringing a good worthy cause to the attention of lots of people,” he said.

For more information visit www.ceosleepout.

org.au



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