2 years ago

22 September, 2015

ANU College of Law

Organised by:
Law Students Society

Hello Law Students!

My name is Joseph Frawley. I am 25 years old and am in my final year of an Arts/Law degree at the ANU. I am currently sleeping out in my car for 15 weeks while I complete my Honours thesis (from 20 July to October 30). I am doing it to give a 'hand up' to people less fortunate than myself, by raising awareness and funds for the Clemente program.

The LSS has decided to help me raise some money by organising a BBQ for Tuesday 22 September. Saussages (or hashbrowns for the cool vegetarians/vegans) and coffee! What a start to week eight!

I’ve never had to wonder where I would sleep on any given night, or not known who to turn to when life got tough. But I know this is not the case for everyone. Especially those who have experienced homelessness, family breakdown, addictions, have mental health issues or disabilities. But I also know that the St Vincent de Paul Society Canberra/Goulburn is there for those people. Vinnies is an organisation that anyone can turn to for a hand up when they fall down. St Vincent de Paul operates a range of homelessness services which many people know about, but did you know that they also support people to engage in tertiary education?

Through the Clemente program, which is ran in partnership with the Australian Catholic University, the St Vincent de Paul Society enables people less fortunate than I to access university level education. Last year 119 people who have suffered trauma or setbacks in their lives enrolled in Clemente. This program receives no funding and it costs Vinnies approximately $2,000 to put a student through a semester. A worthwhile investment considering what doors education opens for these people.

If you want to see how my Sleepout is tracking, please check out my blog, where I am recording my experiences.

Thank you in advance for any support you can give me.

I hope to meet you on Tuesday 22 September!