Local students learning about how homelessness affects people across Australia raised thousands for St Vincent de Paul Society to help Pirie people doing it tough.
Year 11 students from St Mark's College took part in a Vinnies community sleepout to better understand what homeless people go through each night.
As part of the event, the students managed to raise nearly $11,000 for Vinnies, which will go towards supplies for Pirie's homeless people.
Student leaders Khaelen and Sophie said learning about the struggles of others and sleeping rough for a night were very important lessons.
"Not everybody knows about the struggles of homelessness," Khaelen said.
"You can't be picky with the food you eat because it could be a meal that will have to last you weeks."
Sophie said she had become more empathetic towards people sleeping rough as she now had a better idea of what they went through on a daily basis.
"We wanted to do this to be able to know how they feel because we're so stuck in what we're struggling with at school," she said.
"To be able to go past that and see how other people are struggling is really big for us.
"It gives us so much more of a broader look of what local people are going through."
Vinnies youth and community engagement officer Umes Acharya said it was absolutely amazing to see how much the students had raised and that money would give hope to a lot of people.
"We have this amazing group of young people who are so compassionate, but at that same time we have that sense of social justice and wanting to stand in solidarity with community members doing it tough," Mr Acharya said.
"It is quite amazing."
St Mark's assistant principal for religious identity and mission Katie Pole said social justice was a key area of focus in the school curriculum.
"They have to look into social issues that affect people their age and key issues Australia faces as a whole," Ms Pole said.
"The best way to do that is to try and have students experience the issue rather than just reading and writing about it."
Ms Pole said the students were "gobsmacked" by the number of homeless people in Port Pirie - around 68 people - when there were only 12 less than a decade ago.
Mr Acharya said Vinnies has been under the pump since the weather started getting colder, and the need for volunteers has grown.
"We want to get a message out to our Port Pirie community that we need more young people," he said.
"Bring your time, bring your skills, bring your passion and connect with local Vinnies members and let's support the community because the community is looking for help."
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