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Waverley’s Winter Appeal Supporting Matthew Talbot Hostel and Homelessness

Head of Tevlin House, Mr John McCallum

Head of Tevlin House, Mr John McCallum

The winter period is particularly difficult for those in our society experiencing homelessness. Waverley is having a Winter donation drive during Weeks 3, 4 and 5 from 1-19 August to support the Matthew Talbot Hostel in Woolloomooloo. 

Matthew Talbot Hostel is a wonderful organisation helping over 35,000 Sydney men each year by providing accommodation, health, counselling and employment assistance.

Artwork courtesy Matthew Talbot Hostel

Artwork courtesy Matthew Talbot Hostel

Waverley has had a long history of students volunteering in its kiosk in Woolloomooloo. I encourage all boys from all Houses in Years 5-12 to bring in toiletry and other essential items on the donation list below. These will be combined to provide packs for the homeless and marginalised groups to which the Matthew Talbot Hostel provides assistance.

Winter Appeal – Donation List

Toiletry pack Items  – small traveller size for items is best

  • toothpaste/ toothbrush
  • soap / body wash
  • razor/ shaving foam/ shaving gel
  • deodorant (small roll on variety)
  • combs
  • tissues (small packets)
  • Q tips (cotton buds)
  • nail clippers

Home Starter Kit Items – (these are prepared and distributed to men when they move out of the hostel into more settled accommodation).

  • cooking wooden spoon
  • spatula
  • grater
  • can opener
  • small chopping board
  • saucepan
  • frypan

Clothing (new)

  • gloves
  • underpants (Large or XL size)

*All donations can be brought into the Wellbeing Centre (Senior School), or Junior School Reception.

Tevlin House students have a Social Justice focus area of Homelessness, and will be actively promoting this request to contribute items across the College to maximise the impact of our collective effort.

The Tevlin Winter Sleep out in 2018

The Tevlin Winter Sleep out in 2018

Tevlin Winter Sleep Out – Friday, 19 August 2022, College Gym

Tevlin students from Years 7-12 will also be having a Winter Sleep Out on Friday, 19 August 6:30pm in the College Gym, where they will hear guest speakers from the Matthew Talbot Hostel. 

These speakers will lead discussions on the short and long-term treatments for homelessness and will also talk about many of their roles and experiences.

During the winter sleep out, Tevlin students will collate the donations and assemble key packs of toiletry and home-starter kits ready for distribution.

>>> Click here to view more information about the 2022 Tevlin Winter Sleepout.


Mr John McCallum

Head of Tevlin House