Crazy Sock Day at Trinity helps Australia’s homeless

Trinity Catholic College recently held their first Crazy Sock Day at their Auburn and Regents Park campuses. Students were encouraged to wear crazy and colourful socks and donate at least one pair of socks to the St Vincent de Paul’s Winter Appeal.

Organised by members of Trinity’s Marist youth ministry program REMAR, Crazy Sock Day acknowledged that Vinnies receive a significant amount of warm clothing through their Winter Appeal but are always in need of socks. The college collected 760 pairs of socks on the day.

REMAR student Pipiena Hehea said: “We felt Crazy Sock Day would be a fun way to raise awareness of those that are often forgotten in our community. It was our attempt to follow Jesus’ teachings and follow in the manner of two saints significant to our Marist community: Marcellin Champagnat and Mary Mackilliop.”

Trinity Catholic College’s REMAR Coordinator Daniel Ronchetti said: “It was great to see so many students and staff members get into the spirit of the day and come to school in the most colourful and crazy socks you would ever hope to see. But most importantly we were able to collect 760 pairs of socks for the Vinnies Winter Appeal. I am sure this simple act of kindness will make a difference to so many people in our community.”

In a recent media release, Gary Moore, CEO of Homelessness NSW noted that street homeless are just 7% of the 28,000 people identified as homeless in NSW by the ABS.

“The majority of this State’s homeless are young people, women escaping domestic violence, vulnerable families and their children and poor single adults. They are couch surfing, living in massively overcrowded private rental dwellings, hidden away in boarding houses or clients of homelessness services with few places to go,” said Gary Moore.