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They rolled the dice but Mercedes College students have learned that homelessness is no game.

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Mercedes College recently hosted Jayne Short, Schools and Community Engagement officer at St Vincent de Paul Society (SA), who introduced middle school students to the charity’s life-size board game, Cost of Living.

The purpose of the game is to show that not all those living in disadvantage have a choice of how they got there, some people just roll the wrong number on the dice. The game is an educational tool to help young people begin to understand some of the causes and effects of how individuals in society end up in financial hardship leading to disadvantage and homelessness.

Mercedes College’s director of Mission, Deborah Lubatti, said playing the game helped students develop more compassion and understanding towards those that are doing it tough and experiencing disadvantage.

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