Over the last year 133 young people (9-18 years) from around the Western Bay of Plenty have been involved in a journey learning about how we all can make a difference in our own community. The young vinnies have embraced each cause they have chosen with great enthusiasm and dedication.
The children are inspiring, intelligent, and compassionate and bring hope to our future. Many of our school groups have grown due to word of mouth of the fun we have. Some of the good deeds the young vinnies have selected to support in 2013 are, the homeless,the elderly, children and the poor.
Below is a photo of Young Vinnies group consisting of 10 Yr 7 and 8 students from St. Patrick's School, Kaiapoi.. They are very keen and willing to help out in the local community.
With money raised from a 'wearing PJs day' at school they collected a donated gold coin from participants. With this money we took them shopping for the best deals to boost up our SVDP foodbank.
Left to right: Chessie Cooper, Saffron Brown, Chantal MacDonald, Keely Stuart, Connor Falloon, Jacob Walker, Jake Wielsma and Jessica Ruck and In front: Ethan Evans.
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.