Students from Marian College and Catholic Cathedral College joined together for the fifth time to take part in the Caritas Challenge.
The challenge is an annual event run in schools throughout New Zealand to raise awareness and funds for Caritas Aotearoa.
This year the special focus country was Timor-Leste in Southeast Asia, and all funds raised will support the women’s livelihood organisation, Hamahon Feto Timor.
The students braved the elements and also raised awareness for the daily struggle of homeless people in the city and around the world.
After opening mass was celebrated by Father Edwin and Father Phil and Marian College chaplains, the students banded together in teams and constructed a shelter for the night out of cardboard boxes, blankets and whatever else they could find.
The evening was filled with games where they learned about the Caritas focus, had fun and concluded with a beautiful night vigil in front of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
They then headed back to their huts, and experienced for themselves what about 80,000 homeless New Zealanders go through every night.
The students then went out into the community to work and help people.
The Caritas Challenge gives the students a lesson in compassion for the hardships experienced by others and gratitude for what they already have.
More than 8000 students across New Zealand took part in the challenge to show solidarity with those experiencing injustice and poverty.