On Friday 19th September, Notre Dame created its own ‘cardboard city’ as 29 students and 3 staff set themselves the challenge of sleeping under the stars for the night in order to better understand the problems faced by homeless people, and to raise funds for homeless charity “Shelter”.
Prior to setting up camp outside, Anna Case, a Sociology teacher, led a discussion about the problems associated with being homeless, such as bad health and addiction. The students then watched a fly-on-the-wall documentary entitled “Famous, Rich and Homeless” to further develop their understanding of how homelessness affects people. At 11pm, they finally made their way outside and set up their sleeping quarters under the canopies.
Some students managed to fall asleep in no time, whereas others found it a little more difficult to drop off and spent the night tossing and turning. At 5am it began to get light and everyone involved began to pack away their cardboard and headed for home – probably to try and get a little more sleep!
The students found the experience enjoyable but eye opening. Lewis, a lower sixth student said, “It was a really fun night and I was glad to do something for a good cause.” Jess, an upper sixth student agreed, but said she would bring a bigger box to sleep in if she were to do it again!
The total amount of money raised is yet to be finalised, but the group hope to better the £592 that was raised from the same event the previous year.