Vinnies News Weekly

July Week 05

Monday 28th July 2014 – Sunday 3rd August 2014

VOLUNTEERING IN MT EDEN SERCO PRISON

The Vinnies staff have been working closely with Bernadette Pereira the Community Liaison for Serco Prison help out with programmes for inmates of Serco Prison. The hope is to assist with Sunday church services, as well as deliver programmes that support the rehabilitation of those in prison during the week.

One of the units within Mt Eden Corrections Facility
One of the units within Mt Eden Corrections Facility

Purpose of the Prison Programme: This volunteer team is dedicated to building genuine relationships with these brothers inside. In a really practical way we seek to provide positive socialisation and care through the provision of programmes in the areas of Art & Crafts / Music / Youth development programmes / Mentoring / Therapy / Sport / etc.  Our mission is not to impose our ideologies and theology on these brothers but to genuinely seek connection with them and God through them .

Our Prison Work:  We have 2 Prison Volunteer Groups. The first one is dedicated to coordinating the church services on 4th Sunday of every month for the residents of Serco Prison.The second group is for Prison Weekday programmes based on Wellness/Sport/Education/ Therapy/Art etc. This group volunteers during the week on a roster Mon-Fri between 10-4pm.

 Would you like to volunteer?  Email Delphina at  Del@stvinnies.co.nz

 

JUSTICE & PEACE COMMISSION PRESENTS

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LIVING OUR CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING.    

A pre-Social Justice Week Seminar with Fr Neil Darragh, Nick Borthwick (Caritas), Lyn Smith, Srs Anne Hurley and Margaret Martin rsm and Fr Gerry Burns.

WHERE : St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby.

WHEN : Sunday 10 Aug, 1-5pm. All are welcome.

CLICK HERE >  Catholic Social Teaching Poster

 

POVERTY IN OUR BACKYARDS

Rosmini College – Theme : Poverty  

Students of Rosmini met with the Vinnies team today to unpack  Food Insecurity. The students listened intently to Sara Wadee a Vinnies volunteer who attends the University of Auckland as she shared her story of poverty and faith whilst living in Iraq. The hardship her family faced as they fought to sustain their livelihoods and the people who intervened and made a difference.   Peter Irving another Vinnies volunteer also shared of his upbringing in New Zealand and how poverty affected his family and how hard it was to break out of the cycle.

Students of Rosmini College meet weekly to learn more about social justice, and how to best support society
Students of Rosmini College meet weekly to learn more about social justice, and how to best support those in need.

These stories of hope moved the students. Over the next few weeks these young men will be embarking on a journey to further unpack their theme and undertake service projects to alleviate poverty.

Sara gives a talk on her experiences in Iraq and the presence of poverty no different than here in NZ's own backyard.
Sara gives a talk on her experiences in Iraq and the presence of poverty no different than here in NZ’s own backyard.

EVENT: ELECTION FORUM ON NEW ZEALAND’S JUSTICE SYSTEM

justspeak Leading up to this year’s election, many want to hear from parties as to what their plans are for New Zealand’s justice system. If you’re Auckland-based, JustSpeak are hosting a forum next Thursday for the 2014 Candidates . There is  great line-up, including: Chester Borrows (Associate Justice Minister, National), Andrew Little (Spokesperson for Justice, Labour), David Clendon (Spokesperson for Justice, Green Party), Asenati Lole-Taylor (NZ First), David Seymour (ACT), Rangi McClean (Māori Party), Gil Ho (Internet Party), and John Minto (MANA).  

UNDERSTANDING OURSELVES

St Paul’s College- Theme : Vulnerability

One step to achieving our goals is finding out what we need to get there. The St Paul’s Vinnies are focussing on the theme of  ‘Vulnerability’  this term. There hope is to understand what makes people ‘vulnerable’ and how to best support them. Today’s session was about  understanding ‘our own’ vulnerabilities. These Vinnies reflected on their goals at school and what they needed  in order to achieve these goals. Some examples of what they shared they needed was food and shelter,  a sense of belonging,  good family and friends, a healthy body amongst others. 

Students discuss their short, medium and long term goals.
Students discuss their short, medium and long term goals.

These young men learnt that their needs are exactly the same as those who are ‘vulnerable’ in our Society and when these basic needs are not met one becomes ‘vulnerable’.

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From this session these young men understood that vulnerability exists at any point of their “pathway to their dream”.

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS AND BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES.

De La Salle College – Theme : “Homelessness”

True service recognises the dignity of others and builds genuine relationship” The students of  De La Salle are working on theme of Homelessness this term. The will attend several workshops to learn more about  ‘homelessness ‘as they will be sent out to volunteer at different emergency housing residences.

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De La Salle students during their Vinnies session on homelessness.

On Tuesday and Thursday evening around eight students of De La Salle College made their first visit to a local emergency housing centre in Auckland. These young men worked hard peeling potatoes , serving hot meals as well as washing up after the residents. The highlight for these young leaders was actually sitting to down to a meal and sharing stories with the residents. For every single one of these men, it made a difference and completely changed their perception of people who are homeless. They agreed that the stereotypical view of  homeless person that is held by the general public only accounts for up to five percent of those who are homeless. 10363952_710169282385151_3720384267804932103_n  

WHAT DO WE NEED TO REACH OUR FULL POTENTIAL?

Carmel College – Theme : Poverty

The greatest gift we can give to those we serve is our ears and our time”. It was great to connect in with the Carmel College Vinnies. Today they met to start working on their theme for the term. They discussed Homelessness in New Zealand and heard firsthand the story of a man who lived on the streets for 28 years. His life as a child and what got him through. It was an eye opener for the students. The discussion points of the conversation that followed was around  how the absence of basic needs such as food, shelter and safety can not only hinder a person’s journey towards reaching their full potential but can have life changing consequences. The Carmel students have many plans in tow to respond to those who live below the poverty line.

The enthusiastic Carmel College students during discussion time.

ASSISTING FAMILIES 

St Patrick’s Cathedral Food and Clothing Drives

The Society of St Vincent de Paul are thankful to all those who continue to support families in the form of food and clothing. On Sunday  morning we picked up seven large bins of clothing  from St Patrick’s Cathedral. The lovely Sandra and Laura Green from The Square Gift Shop @ St Patrick’s Cathedral Square also loaded up around 50 brand new winter coats to be given to families over the winter season. We are very grateful for the generosity of the leaders, staff and parishioners and thank you on behalf of the families who will receive these goods.

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Sandra and Laura Green from The Square Gift Shop

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July Week 04

Young Leaders host Mid Winter Christmas Dinner

At the heart of the Gospel lies the truth that “we belong to each other.” It has been 191 years since a 19yr old by the name of Frederic Ozanam (Vinnies founder) stepped out of his comfort zone and committed his life to living this truth. He dedicated his life to loving, caring and advocating for many of his brothers and sisters in Christ. Time is a number but you can never quantify the love, the peace and joy he felt on that fateful day and every day since.

Mid Winter Christmas Dinner at James Liston Hostel
Mid Winter Christmas Dinner at James Liston Hostel

 Today the student leaders from across six schools in Auckland and the residents and staff of James Liston Hostel caught a glimpse of that truth again. Today the students put together a beautiful banquet meal for the whanau of James Liston emergency housing and sat down as a family to enjoy it together.

Serenading everyone with Christmas Carols
Serenading everyone with Christmas Carols

Both the students and residents and staff have been building upon their relationship throughout the year and today it was was both magical and moving.

“..Tonight we felt like one family . We felt like we belonged to each other. ….”

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Friday 25th July 2014

Auckland Vinnies Secondary Schools Council Meeting

Through the rain and cold around 50 of these committed Vinnies Youth Executives from College and University brave it to connect in at Liston Hall (St Patrick’s Cathedral) to prepare for the upcoming term and semester.

Vinnies from across 13 Catholic schools in Auckland meet again for the first time this term.
Vinnies from across 13 Catholic schools in Auckland meet again for the first time this term.

This team of College and I-14 Vinnies Exec leaders spent the evening reflecting on their service work, mapping out plans to enliven the spirit of the group and also laying down calender fixtures for their service work with their school communities.The Society is really proud of this council and the service work they do in hope of making a difference. We would like to acknowledge the Exec Committee for chairing the meeting and the facilitating the group discussions.

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Wednesday 23rd July 2014

A message from the Kingsland Centre Vinnies

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We are thankful for all the kind donors who enable us to carry out the work we do in support of families and individuals. From the donations of warm blankets right through to canned food , the donations of money , the volunteering of time, the kindness and the offer of help. THANK YOU!  We are thankful for those who provide the means  to  cook  and distribute hundreds of hotmeals each week to people who otherwise would go without. Without you we cannot do what we do. We are truly grateful. May God Bless you.

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July Week 03

Friday 18th July 2014

Edmund Rice Network  host Advocacy in Aotearoa Conference

The Edmund Rice network hosted the Advocacy in Aotearoa Conference in Auckland.   The purpose of this event  was to engage and bring together young people and advocacy organisations from around NZ to build connections.

One of the presentations on learning resources about Poverty.
One of the presentations on learning resources about Poverty.

There were numerous sessions throughout conference. The keynote speakers were Phil Glendenning the director of Edmund Rice in Sydney and also Sue Bradford who has  spent her entire life advocating for those caught in cycles of poverty both from inside and outside the walls of government. Other workshops included a session on Homeless by Helen Robinson a team Leader from City Mission, a session on the New Zealand Prison system by Just Speak, a session by Caritas’ Lisa Beech on writing submissions  amongst many others.

Several members from the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s Tertiary and Secondary Schools conferences through the generous sponsorship of Caritas were invited to attend the conference.  The Society wishes to thank  Damaris Kingdon the  National Edmund Rice Networking and Communications Coordinator  and her team for organising this most successful and informative event.

Wednesday 16th July 2014

Justice and Peace Commission of Auckland host a  Forum on Economic Equality.

Chairman of the Justice and Peace Commission addressing the attendees of the forum
Chairman of the Justice and Peace Commission addressing the attendees of the forum

The Justice of the Peace Commission of Auckland hosted a great forum on Economic Inequality: Effects on families and children. The guest speakers were Dr Russell Wills The Children’s Commissioner Dr Susan St John, Child Poverty Action Group, and Darryl Evans Mangere Budgeting Services Trust. The presentations covered a range issues faced by families living below the poverty line and current policies that fail to address the current need. They also addressed the growing reality of growing inequality .  This was a successful forum attended by well over 200 people.

Thursday 17th July 2014

Don Bosco Youth  launch a Winter Appeal for struggling families.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul in West Auckland are very thankful for the bulk stock of canned food that they received from the Don Bosco combined youth group of St Pauls Parish in Massey. This collection of food was coordinated by Fia Efeso one of their youth leaders.

Don Bosco prepare a winter appeal for families struggling this winter
Don Bosco prepare a winter appeal for families struggling this winter

When they launched the appeal for non-perishable food and warm blankets and clothing , they had no idea that their local parish and community would donate the amount they did. One of the coordinated commented ,” We had enough goods to redistribute amongst the most needy families within our parish, overcrowded families in caravans, Women’s Refuge and Auckland City Mission and also bulk food for St Vincent de Paul.” The leaders of the group acknowledged how honoured they were to be able to serve the community through this work of mercy.

 

MATES PROGRAMME – University of Auckland – Youth Development

The Vinnies youth team were asked to facilitate a session on servant leadership for the MATES University Programme.  This is a programme run by the University of Auckland to support around 60 student leaders with potential from secondary schools right across Auckland.

Retreatants discuss in their groups what it means to be a "Servant Leader"
Retreatants discuss in their groups what it means to be a “Servant Leader”

As part of the MATES programme a camp was hosted to develop skills confidence and a sense of belonging in preparation for their future beyond secondary school.

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Participants during one of the team building activities run by Sam Mano

 The Vinnies team were invited to come along and facilitate a session with these young leaders to provide a few tools to support their journey.

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“Your dream is important ..it is important to you ..therefore it is important to us …….” – Del Soti

Vinnies participants reflect on their experience at the Advocacy in Aotearoa Conference

Over the 2 days the participants attended sessions and workshops facilitated by leaders and staff of reputable organisations that advocate for people to bring about positive change. Caritas NZ generously sponsored around 11 participants to attend. These participants are very grateful for this opportunity. The participants were asked to share about their experience.

Some of the St Vincent de Paul and Marist College participants.
Some of the St Vincent de Paul and Marist College participants.

This is what one of the St Vincent de Paul participants had to say.

Day One :” It was an amazing conference. I met many people and some will be ongoing contacts in my work.  The highlight was the keynote speaker after dinner.  I work with a specific family from Kabul and when Phil spoke of the Taleban and Kabul and showed us slides of the reality of that city he spoke directly to my passion. ”

Day Two – The workshops: “The first workshop I attended was on refugees.  I chose this workshop because this is one of the areas of my passions.  While I was already aware of the fact that the refugee/asylum seeker situation worldwide is dire my eyes were opened even wider at this workshop. I also attended a workshop  on Homelessness.  I cried.  This is so close to my heart because I spent many years as a rough sleeper.  I did not expect to learn much at this workshop simply because my own experience is so personal there is not much you can tell me on homelessness.  What absolutely inspired me was Helen Robinson’s passion and the fact that every single word she spoke about the homeless absolutely resonated in my heart because they described my own experience.Thank you so much to Damaris Kingdon the  National Edmund Rice Networking and Communications Coordinator and your team for organising this wonderful event. ”

City Mission Homeless team leader Helen Robinson facilitating a session.
Helen Robinson “..want to help?…build relationship with someone who is homeless”
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July Week 02

Auckland City Mission – “Speaking for Ourselves”

Date: Thursday 10th July

On Thursday night our Vinnies team along with all those who attended the launch revisited stories of people…stories so powerfully moving and deeply upsetting… stories we have grown to know only too well …of parents who go without food so their children can eat…of mothers who store their babies formula in the neighbours fridge because they dont have electricity…of parents who dont let kids go to school because of the shame of not having anything to put in their lunchbox..stories so stark yet so true…

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The Vinnies team were invited along to the Citymission launch of its publication of stories of 100 families it had traced over the last 2 years. The findings although alarming confirms what organisations that work in support of struggling families have been saying for years. Our current system IS NOT working …the poorer are becoming poorer under the current regime…and we can no longer turn a blind eye 

Thank you to the Auckland Citymission for this work of the Gospel…..having the stories and voices of these people documented and published takes it to another level…You have given a voice to the voiceless…Our prayer is that we will honor these stories with a just response.

 

Sunday 13th July 2014

World Youth Day Auckland Experience – Youth come together, united in faith.

The Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry team of the Auckland Diocese hosted a wonderful weekend in celebration of World Youth Day. Youth groups from Catholic parishes from all over Auckland and as far north as Whangarei congregated in the city to celebrate being youth and Catholic. Vinnies from across Auckland also came together for this occasion to connect with one another and celebrate their faith.

Combined Vinnies youth taking part in World Youth celebrations.
Combined Vinnies youth taking part in World Youth celebrations.

As part of the pilgrimage, the youth Auckland took part in a reflective walk that encouraged participants to learn more about the needs of the wider community and contemplate whether they are ‘Fit for Mission.’In the evening  the Grace Ministries led Praise and Worship followed by the Passion of the Christ by the Ta’imua Malaeola group. It was quite a powerful performance.  The night was a combination of youth testmonies of faith journeys and a beautiful mass celebrated by the Bishop Pat Dunn and priests of the Auckland Diocese.

 Reuben Su'a lighting a candle to represent Vinnies at WYDAK
Reuben Su’a lighting a candle to represent Vinnies at WYDAK

 

 

World Youth Day Auckland Experience – Preparing meals for pilgrims

The Vinnies young adults found themselves in a support role during the World Youth celebrations. Around fifteen volunteers assembled in the carpark of the Pompallier centre in Ponsonby to cook up over 2000 sausages for the pilgrims. It was a mammoth task and they thoroughly enjoyed the challenge and the time spent together.
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Saturday 12th July 2014

St Josephs Parish Vinnies – Preparing meals for families in the community

The Hellensville St Josephs Parish Vinnies crew worked hard today preparing crumble, casserole and curry to distribute to families struggling to make ends meet in their local community. This conference of volunteers faithfully  cares for the vulnerable families in their community. They make a real point of connecting with the families and spending time building relationships.

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Therese and David van Dam preparing the hotmeals for dispatch.

 

St Pauls Parish & Liston College Vinnies – Preparing meals for residents in emergency housing

There is a huge need in Auckland for supported living accommodation for those who have been institutionalized and those who society cannot cater for due to not “fitting a criteria” in terms of their vulnerabilities. We thank God for inspirational and faithful people who are dedicated to setting up homes for these people.
The members of the St Pauls parish and Liston College Vinnies spent Friday night preparing numerous desserts and hotmeals to deliver to men residing in transitional housing. 

St Pauls Parish and Liston College Vinnies prepared meals and care packs for emergency housing residents
St Pauls Parish and Liston College Vinnies prepared meals and care packs for emergency housing residents

SVdP – Working alongside schools in Samoa

A letter arrived today from our dear friends in Samoa!!

Dear Vinnies in all of NZ we at Fiamalamalama are so honoured and privileged to be friends of the SVdP Auckland you have taught us so much about caring and helping others. We are so grateful to such a wide range of people from young children to adults who all play a very important part in finding ways to help others. We are at our school looking at how we could start something similar. Because we have been so blessed by you we would like to do the same for others. We are starting by looking at what we have that could benefit someone else. We are going to try and get the newsletter on a DVD so the whole school can watch and learn more about the work you wonderful people are doing. Thank you again.

Students of Fiamalamalama receive much needed donations
Students of Fiamalamalama receive much needed donations

 

 

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July Week 01

Sunday 6th July 2014

McAuley High School – Theme: Vulnerability

Making new friends and breaking down barriers

For the last 5 years the Vinnies of McAuley High School have collaborated with the Recreate NZ Trust. Recreate NZ is committed to enhancing the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development and independence of young people with disabilities through quality programmes and services. Some of their objectives are the prevention of personal isolation, raising self esteem through camps that expose these young people to new challenges and also the provision of positive socialisation experiences.The Vinnies of McAuley High School  volunteer to work alongside these young people during their camps and events. There is alot of enthusiasm for this work. Often there are not enough spaces for the Vinnies to fill.

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McAuley Vinnies with their friends at the Recreate NZ Ball

Over the weekend Recreate NZ hosted a ball for its members and its volunteers. Several McAuley Vinnies attended and had a wonderful time. One of the Vinnies commented that ,” The only real disability there is , is a disability of  attitude, where someone can’t see past what they see. Tonight we attended this Recreate ball for young people with disabilities. It is the most touching experience I have ever had. My heart is full of happiness.. when you extend your hand to others , you receive so much more than what you expected” 

 

Auckland City Mission

Tertiary Vinnies – Helping out at the Mission

Spare a thought today for families and individuals who do not have a place to call home. We wish to acknowledge the awesome ministry of the Auckland City Mission. They do such profound work with those who are homeless and we are so grateful to them.

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We acknowledge with thanks the opportunity they provide the Tertiary  Vinnies volunteers to be rostered on during the  weekends to help out a little and be part of what they do. We are very grateful for  the opportunity. In the weekend  a group Vinnies volunteered through to assist with the provision of hot drinks and food at the drop in centre. This  oppurtunity allows for the Vinnies to build connections and friendships with those who come through to the City  Mission.

Tertairy Vinnies Mike and Julian helping out the Sunday shift.
Tertairy Vinnies Mike and Julian helping out the Sunday shift.

 

Credo Youth ( South Auckland Legion of Mary) –

Young Adult Weekend Retreat

On the Sunday at the crack of dawn this group of committed leaders and young people got their gear together and car-pooled out to Tyburn Monastery to attend their young adult weekend retreat.
The Vinnies youth team were invited by the leadership of the South Auckland Legion of Mary to facilitate this retreat for these young leaders.

Early morning team building actiivites led by Daniel Pavihi
Early morning team building actiivites led by Daniel Pavihi

The purpose of the retreat was to build relationships, leadership skills and to reflect their work thus far. Throughout the weekend the team facilitated different workshops and conversations to nurture the awareness and skills of the participants. Some of the participants found the sessions quite thought provoking and there were many interesting conversations that followed.

The Society of St Vincent de Paul support the development of young people and see the importance of youth groups having access to tools and skills to support them in their journey as youth and also in their work in service of others and with the church.

 

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The participants during a group discussion

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Friday 4th July 2014

Marist College- Them : Poverty

It is hard to believe that we’re halfway through 2014 already. Over the last 8 weeks, the students of Marist College have really committed themselves to their outreach.  They have organised numerous food and clothing drives, attended  social justice meetings and  retreats with the Vinnies Youth team and also committed time to connecting in the residents of the James Liston Hostel. Through the generosity of these students the Society was able to assist around 600 people with food and household goods. The Society of St Vincent de Paul  are  very grateful for the commitment of these young women to families that struggle to meet their needs. Thank you Marist College.

The journey of Marist College's can drive
The journey of Marist College’s can drive

Thursday 3rd July 2014

St Peters College – Theme: “Homelessness”

Tonight we were blessed to have another group of servant leaders assist in the meal servery of the residents of JLH Emergency housing. Through the experience of preparing and serving dinner and spending time in conversations with the residents, these students develop their faith and also begin to understand that in order to make a difference they can no longer separate themselves from those on who are on the margins. We acknowledge the commitment of the young men of St Peters College throughout this term.

Main course served by the students of St Peter's College
Main course served by the students of St Peter’s College
Students prepare a hearty soup - a welcoming sight as the winter season bears upon us
Students prepare a hearty soup – a welcoming sight as the winter season bears upon us

St Dominic’s College – Theme: “Vulnerability”

At St Dominics today the Vinnies discussed the needs and reality of those we identify as “vulnerable”. Using the “Maslow Theory” kits the students drew the comparison with their own lives and started to understand how there was little differentiation between the two. The students started to see how their understanding of the reality of a “vulnerable person” could be understood better in the context of their own lives ” putting yourselves in someone elses shoes”
They discussed how “Vulnerability” affects everyone at every level of the Maslow Hierarchy and the team were quite impressed by the level of engagement and understanding the students had.
It was humbling experience today to listen to the wisdom of our Vinnies from St Dominics College .We wish to acknowledge their service, their commitment and also their donations of food presented today.

Students discussed how "Vulnerability" affects everyone at every level of the Maslow Hierarchy
Students discussed how “Vulnerability” affects everyone at every level of the Maslow Hierarchy
St Dominics College Vinnies meet for the last time of the school term
St Dominics College Vinnies meet for the last time of the school term

Rosmini College – Theme: “Homelessness”

Gratitude is an understatement. In the 2014 journey thus far, the generosity of the youth across Auckland and also their willingness to engage and uphold the dignity of others has been so moving. Today we visited Rosmini College to deliver a session on the unpacking the theme of “Homelessness”. The young men participated well and the youth team were quite impressed with the depth of discussion and the level of understanding these students had. Before the youth team left the students loaded up the Vinnies van with a significant amount of food donations to be given to the SVdP foodbanks for families.Thank you Rosmini College.

Rosmini College students load up the van with the proceeds of their can drive
Rosmini College students load up the van with the proceeds of their can drive
Students sacrifice their lunchtimes week by week to discuss service projects and connect in with Vinnies staff
Students sacrifice their lunchtimes week by week to discuss service projects and connect in with Vinnies staff
The Rosmini College Vinnies team complete their can drive for the term.
The Rosmini College Vinnies team complete their can drive for the term.

Wednesday 2nd July 2014

McAuley High School – Theme: “Vulnerability”

“What does it mean to be vulnerable?”
“Fragile? Isolated? To have a need not met?”
“And who is vulnerable?”
“Umm..actually ..All of us are vulnerable… in our own way”

This is a snapshot of some of the discussion that took part with the Vinnies of McAuley High School unpacking the theme of “Vulnerability”. These students had good insight and articulated quite well their understanding of being vulnerable. It was a  true testament to the Mercy  ideals and values of their school . Some student s found the activity quite thought provoking and one student commented, ” To be honest it was one of the most eye-opening activity I ever participated in and thanks guys that was an awesome experience -even me and friend Girlie Urquiola had to share, share and share with our group of friends after lunch!! amazing!”

 

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Students unpack what Vulnerability means in today’s society

 

 

Students and Staff of McAuley High School work together to arrange the hierarchy of needs into order
Students and Staff of McAuley High School work together to arrange the hierarchy of needs into order

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Baradene College Vinnies – Theme: “Homelessness”

As the school term draws to a close, it has been such a gift to see the Vinnies of Baradene College in the zone once again. Over the last two months these young women have been serving meals and getting to know residents currently in emergency housing. It has been a moving experience for all, especially as this is their last visit for the year. Thank you Baradene College for your care and compassion.

Baradene College Students assist in the preparation of 40+ hot meals for residents
Baradene College Students assist in the preparation of 40+ hot meals for residents
Ready for Servery
Ready for Servery

UPCOMING EVENTS

JUSTICE AND PEACE COMMISSION FORUM

Justice and Peace Commission Forum
Justice and Peace Commission Forum

ADVOCACY IN AOTEAROA

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