Nelson - St. Peter Chanel Vinnies

The St. Peter Chanel Vinnies got underway this year by holding a movie and popcorn lunch to collect clothes, toys, books, toiletries and other essential items that children going into Grandparent care would require. The items were put into bags that the Vinnies created which were then donated to the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Organisation.

The Vinnies created tapestry bookmarks for the residents of Woodlands Resthome and then went on a visit to the resthome to present the residents with these gifts and entertain them by singing to them a number of songs.

During Term 2 we were fortunate enough to have Susan O'Connell from SF (Supporting Families) Nelson and Hilary Genet, Nelson Marlborough District Health Board Promoter visit the Vinnies to teach them about the Winning Ways to Wellbeing. As a follow-up to this, the Vinnies painted a canvas each based around the Winning Ways to Wellbeing for Motueka Community House. These canvases will also be displayed at the Motueka Public Library during Mental Health Week in October of this year.

Motueka St. Vincent de Paul President, Betty Garrett came to school to talk to the Vinnies about the work that the adult Vincentians carry out. The Vinnies also watched the DVD 'No Time Like Now' which encapsulates the history of the Society.

On Friday 5 July, the St. Peter Chanel Vinnies were presented with Community Service Certificates in recognition of the work they do in the community by Eileen Wilkins, Tasman District Councillor.