In preparation for World Youth Day Auckland Experience, over 100 Vinnies from all over Auckland descended upon Liston Hall to begin preparation. The gathering provided an opportunity for the youth to get to know one another, and prepare for theme of WYD Experience – “Justice and Advocacy”. The young men and women were challenged to find an area of need in their local community and become informed about that need. The hope is that they will creatively record what they find in a way that can be shared with others.
MATES LOOKING AFTER MATES
As the demand for warmer clothing increases during the winter season, Vinnies are grateful for the generous donations from the students, mentors and staff of the MATES Programme (Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme). MATES is a collective that addresses the underachievement in education of youth who find themselves disadvantaged in New Zealand.
CARING FOR THE COMMUNITY
Over the last few weeks, the students of Carmel, Rosmini and Sacred Heart College have really committed themselves to their outreach within the community. They have organised numerous food and clothing drives, and facilitated regular after school programmes with a local primary school. Through the generosity of these students were able to assist numerous families with food and clothing. The local SVdP foodbanks have also been fortunate to have the assistance of various students and youth groups such as St Patricks Youth to maintain and stock the foodbanks. 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.
HOSTING A DINNER AT RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE
-St Mary’s College
Weeks of preparation made for a night greatly enjoyed by the families residing at the Ronald McDonald House. With dinner, games and song these young women created a postive atmosphere for all who were present. This initiative has been in planning over the past month, and many contributed towards it’s fruition. From the fundraising, activity making, cooking to connecting in with the residents – all these factors incrementally added to impacting numerous families. As the families continue to support their children through treatment and recovery, the assistance in having meals provided for them is greatly appreciated.
CATALYST FOR SYSTEMIC CHANGE
The Carmel Vinnies continue to learn about social issues within New Zealand. During their recent Vinnies session, they revisited the realities of 280,000 NZ children who live below the poverty line how some of the current systems and structures exacerbate this.
The highlight of this session was drawing out the connection between their service work and systemic change. Through their continued service work and advocacy. These young women of Carmel College are the catalyst for change.
PRESENCE, THE GREATEST GIFT OF THEM ALL
St Joesph’s Parish Vinnies continue to visit the residents of the Craigweil Home in West Auckland. They have continued to build a strong connection with the residents of this home for the last three years.
There is a mutual sense of enjoyment when these Vinnies arrive to share their musical talents and spend time.
OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR FUTURE
-De La Salle College
Another week spent together to reinforce the importance of time for our children to be themselves and share their gifts and talents through this after-school programme. As the term draws closer to an end the Vinnies of De La Salle College have treasured the experience of building their connection with this community but look forward in hope to stay connected through other oppprtunities to come this year.
THE GIFT OF YOUTH
As the second school term draws to close, the students of Marist, St Peter’s, St Mary’s and Baradene are concluding their services at the local SVdP Centre for a well deserved break. Aside from the busy academic day they take part in, these young men and women have dedicated their afternoons to maintaining the opshop, foodbank and PARS system at the Kingsland Vinnies Centre. The warmth that they impart with customers and families who come through the Centre brings a positive spirit to all.