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What schools can do to support South Australia's homeless


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Here at Hutt St Centre we can’t ignore homelessness, and we’d like your school community to join us during National Homelessness Prevention Week to raise awareness and funds to support people doing it tough by participating in our annual walk a mile in my boots event.

To know you have given hope to another human being is a truly rewarding experience. Participating in this event allows students to gain an understanding and appreciation for the community in which they live, through insights into the challenges faced by people who are homeless and vulnerable.

Funds raised will have a long-term impact by helping ensure Hutt St Centre’s Day Centre can open its doors.


There are 6,000 people experiencing homelessness in South Australia.

We'd like to see 6,000 people walking in support of the 6,000 people facing disadvantage and homelessness. Because noone should feel like they are walking alone.

Where to walk

Your school can join us at one of three organised walk a mile in my boots events held around National Homelessness Prevention Week.

walk a mile in my boots Adelaide- Friday 11 August 2017

7:00am for 7:30am start

Victoria Park/ Pakapakanthi (Wakefield Road entrance) to South Park Lands, Hutt Road followed by a 'traditional' Hutt St Centre BBQ breakfast.

It will take just over an hour of your time.

walk a mile in my boots McLaren Vale - Friday 4 August 2017

7.00am for 7:30am start

Oxenberry Farm Wines, Kangarilla Road to Hardy’s Tintara, Main Road followed by a 'traditional' Hutt St Centre BBQ breakfast.

It will take just over an hour of your time.



Register to walk a mile in my boots at my school

During National Homelessness Prevention Week (August)

walk a mile in my boots at my school allows your school community to participate in the event at your school or in your local area, and encourage students to experience homelessness without having to commute to the city.

You can measure out one mile around your oval, school grounds or local streets, and suggest each student donate a gold coin to participate. To create a homeless experience, encourage your students to walk without a jumper – or perhaps without breakfast, and consider a sausage sizzle after the walk as a fundraiser.

Your walk a mile in my boots at my school registration pack will include:

  • walk a mile in my boots stickers for participating students
  • walk a mile in my boots corflute placard for students to walk behind
  • Fundraising tips and details of on-line fundraising options
  • Fast facts on homelessness and Hutt St Centre
  • Certificate template to distribute at school for participating students
  • Certificate of Appreciation for being involved in the event (sent post-event)
  • Opportunity for the Adelaide Lions Club to assist with your bbq breakfast (Adelaide metropolitan only)
  • A 20% discount voucher from Renniks Hire (conditions apply and will be provided on registration)

If August doesn’t suit – you can choose to walk a mile in my boots at my school later in the year. Just let us know the date.



Option A) Join the Adelaide or McLaren Vale walk

Registration costs

Students (5-12 years)          $5

Student/Concession            $10

Adults                                     $25


Registrations will open in June 2017. Please register your interest here and we will keep you up to date.


Option B) walk a mile in my boots at my school

Each school pays a $40 registration fee to walk a mile and each student provides a gold coin donation to participate.


For further information or to register your school please contact:

Alice Rawlinson, Events and Fundraising Coordinator Tel: 08 8418 2505 or email


Go the Extra Mile

Your school can go the extra mile for people experiencing homelessness in South Australia by fundraising.

Many schools raise huge amounts of sponsorship especially as part of their social justice and community service initiatives.

Fabulous prizes will be awarded to the highest fundraising school.


Other ways your schools can support people facing homelessness

  • Set up a fundraising page on our very own fundraising portal. You can raise money for walk a mile in my boots, High Tea for Hi (dden) Society or come up with your very own fundraising idea. Visit our fundraising portal to get started:
  • Host a High Tea for Hi(dden) Society at school. Invite school friends, neighbours and extended family and increase community awareness of homelessness and the work of Hutt St Centre.
  • Make an online donation and think creatively about where the money might come from (instead of the latest magazines, or a trip to the movies or a months DVD hire, or packing simple lunches from home instead of café or canteen lunches).
  • Hold a casual day and suggest a gold coin donation with proceeds going to Hutt St Centre.
  • Host a fundraising event with proceeds going to Hutt St Centre.

Don’t turn away from those who are currently homeless or on the move. Help dismantle stereotypes and misconceptions about those who are most vulnerable in our community. Like every member of your family, each person who comes to Hutt St Centre has a unique life story that is not yet complete. You’ll be shaping your own life stories as you make a difference to the lives of others.