JCU students sleeping out for homelessness

@JCU JCU students sleeping out for homelessness

JCU students sleeping out for homelessness

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Some of JCU's Cairns students have put together a team for the St Vincent's Community Sleep Out to raise money and awareness of homelessness.

The Community Sleep Out is being held from 12-13 August at Barlow Park, and people can support the "Sleepless Sociologists" team at this website: https://cairnscommunitysleepout2016.gofundraise.com.au/page/LaurenEsposito0

The students are enrolled in SY1001 Australian Society: An Introduction to Sociology at JCU. For their final piece of assessment, the students have to try to make the world a better place and through that experience to ask what impact individuals have on society. 

According to The Australian Sociological Association, sociology "looks at how people’s lives are influenced by their opportunities and experiences; and the impact that people have on society through taking action and creating change".

This SY1001 assignment is designed to give students a chance to see for themselves what impact their actions can have on big social issues. 

They have only just finished week 1, and the assessment isn't due for another three months, so these students are very proactively getting involved in their local community.

The last census found that 1 in 200 Australians are homeless. In a breakdown, 56% of the homeless population in Australia is male, 44% female, 25% are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people, and 30% were born overseas.