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Reaching out to the Lonely

The Christchurch Young Vinnies are reaching out to the lonely in their community by hosting morning tea in four schools for elderly residents who live in their own homes. A mini bus from Age Concern picks up around 10 people and brings them to the school where the children host them for a morning tea and chat for around 45 minutes. The Young Vinnies plan what they will do for their guests and their guests, most who live alone, really enjoy the chance to get out of their homes and have some company.

This initiative works particularly well in Christchurch, as after the earthquakes many schools no longer had a local rest-home they could visit.