Vinnies News Weekly

August Week 04

HOMEWORK CLUB @ HENDERSON PRIMARY

These wonderful TUTORS from the St Dominic’s College Vinnie group have been busy making a difference in the lives of hundreds of young children who attend and have attended the Homework Club in their local primary school over the last 3 years. At any one time 20-30 kids attend.

“Every Monday after school we come here to run this homework club…there’s more of us in our Vinnies group who roster on to help out.”

” We really like the kids they are sooooo cute!”

The teacher in charge spoke of how, ” It’s a really successful program. ..many of these kids don’t have one on one time with their parents to help them with their work because of other struggles, so this is priceless. ”

THANK YOU to the leaders and Vinnies of St Dominic’s College for your faithfulness and commitment to this special work.

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NEED FOR REDEMPTION IN OUR PRISONS
Today the Carmel College Vinnies watched a Ted Talk by John Legend which featured a spoken word titled ” This is where I live”
During reflection time these lyrics and quotes struck the Vinnies the most.

“Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery. None but ourselves can free our minds. Have no fear for atomic energy ’cause none of them can stop the time.”- Redemption Song

“I live in a world that kill people who kill people in order to teach people that killing people is wrong. Imagine that.”

“Better yet, imagine a world where healed people helped hurt people heal and become strong. Maybe then we would all be singin’ “Redemption Song.”

“Don’t you get it? We’re all serving time; we’re just in different places. As for me, I choose to be free from the prisons I’ve created. The key: forgiveness. Action’s my witness. If we want freedom, then we gotta think different. Because freedom … it isn’t a place. It’s a mind setting.”


FUNDRAISER FOR COOK UP @ RONALD MCDONALD HOUSE

The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for many families who live far away from the Starship hospital. Towards the end of the year, Vinnies from St Mary’s will be hosting a dinner party for these families.

In order to raise money to host this event these young women held a fundraiser within their school. They held a classic sausage sizzle and also sold some home baking! These were definute crowd pleasers.The fundraiser proved most successful, with the students now looking towards the finalizing the meals for their menu. Looking forward to seeing the fruits of their efforts over the week ahead!


AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMME
A Big Thankyou to Josh, Ethan & Phillip from De La Salle College for today’s service at Monte Cecilia. It was a challenge trying to control 20 loud excited kids but, you guys managed it very well. Thank you also to Miss Roy for your hardwork around this. Keep it up boys and we shall see you this weekend for the Homelessness Retreat.


 

Vinnies News Weekly

August Week 03

GRATEFUL FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE

The students of St Marys College have been coming into the Vinnies Kingsland Centre every Mondays to help out with the varies tasks at Hand. From packing Food parcels to helping in the Shop. The Girls got the opportunity to understand the works that goes on at the centre. Thank you for all the work done today girls. We really appreciate you.


DE LA SALLE COLLEGE @ MONTE CECILIA

This group of amazing young men came together and spent the afternoon yesterday with the families and kids at Monte Cecilia. They faced a few challenges but they didn’t give up and held things very well together as a team. Big Thank you to Fiva, Padre, Vince, Laurence, Ina and of course Miss Roy for your leadership and teamwork. Looking forward to next week team . Keep up the great work!


FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Recently the young men of Sacred Heart College engaged in a conversation to unpack the notion of food insecurity, and its impact in the context of Auckland, New Zealand. Key ideas included the significance of factors such as wages, gender, health & discrimination and how these might impair a families ability to put food on the table. Over the next few weeks the Sacred Heart Vinnies hope to facilitate a school wide food appeal, as well as raise awareness amongst their fellow students about the significance of food insecurity within New Zealand.


WHO’S IN OUR PRISONS?
Liston College Vinnies attended a workshop today about Prisons. Learning about the stats and also the direct relationship between Poverty and NZs incarceration rates and how the current system perpetuates injustice.
The discussion amongst the students and feedback was that these facts were shocking and sobering. Many were quite disturbed by the findings. Over the term this group will be engaging in service projects and social action.We look.forward to what will unfold.


WEST REGION

WEST Auckland Leaders meeting to.plan their Vinnies Regional Day for all the West Auckland Schools Vinnies. We look forward to the awesome plan they have put forward for this gathering.

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SAFETY TRAINING FOR KIDS FUNDAY

Today the Marist College Vinnies attended a training session on working with vulnerable children. There was so much to learn! Nonetheless this crew were determined to see this training through. In a couple of weeks they will be hosting their Annual Picnic for Kids. These picnic days have become quite a popular success over the years and loved by the kids who attend with their caregivers. This year’s Vinnies are determined to ensure this one is just as safe, exciting, fun and memorable too.


SERVING WITH A PURPOSE

Oliver and Jake, both Year 7 students from St Peters College came into the Vinnies Kingsland centre today to volunteer in packing food parcels for families and also carrying out other Centre maintenance tasks. Through the course of the afternoon they learnt more about service and its purpose and how the service they did today will actually affect people’s lives in a positive way.  Thank you both for your hard work. You guys Rock.

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Vinnies News Weekly

August Week 02

BEHIND THE WALLS
Today the Carmel College Vinnies engaged in a workshop about New Zealand Prisons. They discussed the current statistics of the people who are being incarcerated and the reality of how Poverty has a direct flow on effect in determining the current Prison population.
The students expressed how upset, passionate, shocked, unaware and simply angry about what they learnt today.

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Carmel Vinnies

Carmel College Vinnies over the next couple of weeks will be exploring more about Prison, researching, asking the Big WHY? and sharing their views. As part of this, they will be looking into ways to mobilize Social Action.


HOMEWORK CLUB FOR KIDS

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Rosmini Vinnies 

On the North Shore of Auckland this crew of Rosmini College Vinnies continue to support children with their homework. The children are housed at the local Emergency housing facility that provides housing for families who have no place to call home. Families stay at this facility up to a few months until they are transitioned into their own home.
Having Homework Clubs for the children is very beneficial for the families but especially the children who enjoy the interaction with the students. The Rosmini students themselves have also expressed how they have received so much from these sessions. Well done gentlemen.


DE LA SALLE COLLEGE AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAM FOR KIDS

Tuesday afternoon spent at Monte Cecilia with De La Salle hosting all the fun. With only having three young men trying to contain 15 -20 loud enthusiastic kids is hard but it brings so much fun and enjoyment.

Big thankyou to our Year 11 De La Salle boys (Loma, Anton & Mariner) for showing great leadership today and for always having the heart to serve and build relationships here at Monte. Also a big thankyou to Rosanna Fouhy for all your hardwork and the ongoing encouragement. Can’t wait for next week.


BULK CLOTHING FOR SAMOA

Always good to hear from the Vinnies in the Pacific of how their work is going. Earlier in the week we received another request for bulk clothing and personal affects from the Vinnies Conference in Apia who are working with numerous families.
These donations are given out and also used to raise funds for family food and baby products to support young families.

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Left to Right: Gracyee, Matt, Bob, Hulu

Every month through the generosity of our sponsor Polynesian Shipping, those who donate clothing and the awesome volunteers who pack it all up, we are able to send across bulk supplies. Thank you all.

 


TAKING THE TIME TO BE WITH ONE ANOTHER MAKES A DIFFERENCE

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Thank you to Sancta Maria College for there service today at Monte Cecilia with their outstanding leadership and participation they brought along with them. The families at Monte Cecilia appreciate the love & care you each share with their kids.


FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NO PLACE TO CALL HOME..WHAT CAN I DO??

Tertiary Vinnies had the opportunity to unpack the theme of Homelessness led by the Tertiary Vinnies Exec. Today served as an awareness that Homelessness can come in different forms and that it affects everyone. It is important that we create the connection with those who are marginalized because we belong to each other.

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Tertiary Vinnies

LEADING WITH MERCY

Today the St Peters staff, leaders and Vinnies met to discuss and propose their planned works of mercy for the term. Each Year level have different community service work in the pipeline. We look forward.forward to these projects unfolding. Well done SPC!


With LOVE from Poland.

Thank you Tutangata for this most beautiful gift for the Society. We are truly blessed.

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Mary Michael showcasing our beautiful present from Tutangata Ama

AUCKLAND VINNIES SECONDARY SCHOOLS COUNCIL MEETING (AVSSC)

Strengthening our BOND as a FAMILY and translating this into our SERVICE work as Leaders.


HELPING KIDS THROUGH THE HOMEWORK CLUB

The gift of being a homework tutor is that you really get to know these young people, create a bond and make a significant difference.
Lots of kids these days struggle to get one on one time with their parents or other adults due the pressures of long working hours to keep the bills paid and other pressing commitments etc. It is a know fact that the early years of a child’s brain development is quite important. Having this type of mentoring relationship has a significant affect on children. Science teaches us that the positive socialisation of vulnerable children with positive role models leads to more positive outcomes, better academic achievement and more sociable behavior later in life.


A big thank you to the Liston College Vinnies throughout the year have been volunteering to assist students from their local Primary and Intermediate schools with their homework. These sessions have proven really successful and have made a real difference. Well done gents!


 

Vinnies News Weekly

August Week 01

MAKING A DIFFERENCE FOR FAMILIES

THANK YOU to all the kind and generous parishioners and staff of St Patrick’s Cathedral for this amazing amount of food to go to the Vinnies Kingsland foodbank. Every bit counts.

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Delphina Soti

MONTE CECILIA – DE LA SALLE COLLEGE

Monte Cecilia is back up and running for Term 3. The purpose of this programme is for our schools to build relationships within their local communities. Monte Cecilia will now be running on Tuesdays & Thursdays each week from now on as students from both De La Salle & Sancta Maria College are keen to be part of the fun. Big Thank you to Fiva,Callum,Vince & Miss Roy for your dedication and service today .Sancta Maria College, you’re up next, we look forward to all the fun you have planned.

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Left to Right: Fiva, Vince, Callum, Miss Roy

SANCTA MARIA COLLEGE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Sancta Maria College are back this year at Monte Cecilia Emergency Housing Trust ready to give back to their community. Shoutout to the young men & women below who came out prepared with active games and activities which kept the kids on their feet. Thankyou also to Maria Fouhy for all your hard work and commitment to service, we look forward to the weeks ahead. Keep it up SMC .

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CELEBRATING Fr Kev Murphy

Recently our dear and wonderful Marist Fr Kev of the Logos Project celebrated 33 Years of joining the priesthood. On the commemoration of this day he brought another one of his typical Fr Kev “generous” gifts to the Society of St Vincent De Paul to support stuggling families needing food and warmth the during this wintry season.
Fr Kev you continue to teach us about Mercy, Service and true humility.
We are so grateful and humbled by all you do in support of all those who suffer.
Faafetai Faafetai Tele lava Afioga Patele Kevin Murphy. We love you lots VinniesYouth Auckland New Zealand.

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Fr. Kev Murphy

ANYONE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Thank you to the St Marys College students for all the hard work at the Vinnies Kingsland Centre today from sorting to the foodbank to tidying up the place or helping in the shop. It is always inspiring to be with you and witness first hand your enthusiasm to learn more about what services Vinnies provide and how you can make a difference. Welldone ladies and we look forward to the rest of Term 3.

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