Walking a mile for Hutt Street Centre

Collectively walking 206 miles, raising $3,979 and exceeding all expectations, St Patrick’s Technical College students and staff covered the grounds in orange for the Walk a Mile in My Boots Challenge to raise funds for Hutt Street Centre.

In a challenge to help end homelessness, students and staff took to the turf last Thursday to raise much needed funds for and awareness of people living on our streets in South Australia.

A BIG thank you to our students, staff, families, and industry sponsors for the generous donations and in helping us surpass our goal! Our thank you also extends to State Crane Trucks and Nik and Sally from E&S Garden Fresh Produce for assisting us in making this event such a success. We are so proud knowing that we have ALL made a difference.

The Year 12 Plumbing and Metals & Engineering students were behind the idea of participating in the challenge as an external task for their Health component in the Community Studies course. The chosen activity required community engagement and a focus on creating awareness of people in need.

Hutt Street Centre’s annual Walk A Mile in My Boots event, organised during National Homelessness Week in August, was altered due to restrictions in place for COVID-19 with individual events taking place this year instead of a large group gathering.

Eight weeks of planning to hold an event at the College came to fruition on Thursday 3 September with the help from the Year 11 Student Advisory Panel and members of staff setting up the walking course, food and drink stalls, and mile card tallying.

Collectively walking 206 miles has seen the College achieve their fundraising target… and so much more. What was a fun-filled event provided an opportunity to strengthen relationships, increase awareness of homelessness, but most importantly achieve a goal in helping to improve the lives of others.