Vinnies Winter Appeal

The Vinnies Winter Appeal is an Australia-wide campaign to raise much needed funds and material goods for Vinnies to help others when they need it most. It takes place from May to August each year, and raises awareness of homelessness, cost of living pressures and energy affordability.

Schools can get involved in a variety of ways, from running a School Sleepout to fundraise and raise awareness, to running a winter clothing drive. The following kit includes fundraising and activity ideas, a moving story of personal experience, and other key facts and ways to get involved.

School Sleepout

School Sleepouts are a great way for students to get involved, by getting a glimpse of the realities of homelessness on a personal level by ‘sleeping rough’ for one night. The Sleepout encourages students and teachers to gain a deeper understanding of homelessness, raise awareness of the realities faced by people experiencing homelessness and raise funds to support Vinnies homeless services in the local community.

Appeal Info Kit

How to get involved and run the appeal in your school, plus stories, facts and classroom activities.


Poster to promote the appeal.

School Sleepout Kit

Step-by-step info kit for running and School Sleepout.

Letter Activity

Letter template to write to let someone know students are thinking of them.

Activity Sheet – Primary

Activity sheets for primary students.

Activity Sheet – Secondary

Activity sheet for secondary students.