Vinnies News Weekly

DECEMBER 2018 Highlights

Feed A Family Project Launches

What is the FEED A FAMILY appeal 2018?

‘’Feed a Family’’ is an appeal by the Society of St Vincent de Paul, Kingsland Centre, to support families who are struggling to put food on the table during the Christmas Season. It is an opportunity for you to connect with a family, and really make a difference.

The Kingsland St Vincent de Paul food bank was initially set up in the late 1990s to support a few families and vulnerable people around the periphery of the city especially those referred by our Catholic Churches near the Auckland CBD. Today the Kingsland Foodbank is operating at full capacity and punching above its weight putting out food boxes to support over 3000 people in 2018.

The people who come to us seeking support, vary from your city rough sleeper, through to parents and grandparents both with jobs who simply cannot put food on the table due to extra costs. Other people are referred through social service providers, Work and Income, mental health services, refuges, prison and so forth. By the time these people and families arrive at our door food is already in short supply. Housing usually takes precedence to food, when choosing whether to pay food or rent. Food insecurity is a really serious issue in New Zealand, it remains hidden as there is a lot of stigma and shame around poverty and being poor.

With Christmas approaching, many of these families are already worried and anxious about food and gifts for their loved ones. That is why we have come to you. Can you help some families put food on the table for or sponsor a gift for a child? Any support will make a difference.

What can you do?

• Sponsor Christmas gift packs for a family at $25 a pack. • Sponsor linen pack for a family at $40 a pack. • Sponsor Food packs for a family at $80 a pack. • Donate any amount you can that will go towards a pack. • Support a family with your prayers.

Internet Banking to Society of St Vincent de Paul Auckland. •

ASB Bank 12-3017-0500224-00

Reference Fields: Your name and the words “FeedAFamily”.

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and Fundraiser for New Zealand Prisons:

The Vinnies Youth Auckland collective fundraised for and collected around 20,000+ Christmas cards again to gift our whanau in Prisons to send to their loved ones. They were able to do it last year, so they did it again this year.

This is because to date there are just over 10,435 people residing in our New Zealand Prisons and it is important that we acknowledge their humanity and also that of their families especially during this Christmas Season.


Vinnies Kingsland Centre Team

This wonderful team pictured below (missing a few people) were celebrated for their dedicated service at the Vinnies Kingsland Centre throughout 2018. Below is included some of the Vinnies Auckland Youth Team, the Vinnies Kingsland Foodbank staff, Vinnies Young Adults Volunteers, and the Vinnies Opportunity Shop volunteers, all of whom contribute to the running of the Vinnies Kingsland Centre, which serves many people every day.

L – R from the back: Geoff, Bob, Robert, Victoria, Yvonne, Gene, Penelope, Jean, Vavao, Del, Kili, Theresa, Shirley, Tara, Dominique, Pari, Cynthia, Midori, Jo, Savi, Maria


Marist College Vinnies:

Supporting Families

Every year, the Vinnies Kingsland Centre is always grateful for the Marist College community, who generously gift their time, care and effort, particularly in the lead up to the Christmas Season. These young women are pictured sorting and packing bulk care packs (toiletries and other personal items), for families in need.

Marist College Vinnies




Every year Vinnies Kingsland (St Vincent de Paul Kingsland ) give out 2500+ food parcels to Families in need. “Giving for Living” Christmas Appeal is where you can help families in need. Help the Vinnies Kingsland Centre feed families this Christmas by spreading the joy and love of Christ.

  • $80 will give a family a food pack
  • $40 will give a family a linen pack
  • $25 will give a family a Christmas gift pack
  • Make a Tax deductible Donation today and Fee a Family this Christmas.

Click here to donate now through Givealittle: Feed a Family Givealittle Donat

The aim is to ensure families have food to put on the table during the Christmas Season. #givingforliving #helpushelpothers #webelongtoeachother

FEED A FAMILY Parcels for


Kingsland and Glen Innes Vinnies combined their efforts this year to support families in need in Glen Innes. Thank you to Sialia and all the Vincentian Team at St Pius X Parish, Glen Innes for all their mahi and service in supporting local families this Christmas.


FEED A FAMILY Fundraising at the




The Shades generously invited the Vinnies Feedafamily Ambassadors to sell food and drinks to fundraise for the Christmas Hampers for families, at their Concert in November this year. There was a wonderful Vinnies Crew (pic below) there who worked hard behind the scenes to ensure this #Feedafamily fundraiser was a successful one!

The Vinnies Catering Volunteering Crew working hard at the Shades Concert for #FeedaFamily

Furthermore, the Shades Concert was a huge success! It was SOLD out, and so was all the food and drink! Great job to the guys Ipu, Manase, Take and Samson pictured above, who’ve always been so supportive the the Vinnies Kingsland Centre and its projects!

Check out how their Concert went below, and subscribe to the Shades Youtube Channel for more updates!




The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference support the Tu Kahikatea Awards.  Around New Zealand, the awards are judged based on one national criteria but are promoted, decided and awarded locally by the Diocesan Youth & Young Adult Ministry Team and/or Commission.

The Awards are about recognising the gift that youth and young adults are to the Catholic Church in Aotearoa New Zealand, and thanking them for the outstanding contributions they make to their community. They are named after the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference statement – Tu Kahikatea: Standing Tall – A Framework for Catholic Ministry with Young People in Aotearoa New Zealand (see for a copy).

Tū Kahikatea Awards: Auckland Youth & Young Adult Ministry Catholic Diocese

In November, at a Diocesan Youth Mass led by the Auckland Catholic Youth Ministry whānau, Vinnies Young Adults Leaders:  Latayvia Tualasea-Tautai, Sione Pole, Craig Franswah and Lupesina Koro,  were acknowledged for their tireless service, leadership and hard work in helping others.

Click here for more information on the Tū Kahikatea Awards.


Feed a Family Preparation Continues…

Vinnies Kingsland Centre were grateful for all these Young Vinnies Volunteers  for coming in to assist with the #FeedAFamily mahi. Packaging up gifts, purchasing gifts, and preparing Christmas invitations for families to come and pick up their FeedAFamily Christmas Boxes. The team are so for the energy these leaders bring to the Kingsland Centre! #FeedAFamily



“Rosalina” – The Show

The Vinnies Kingsland Centre crew and some of the Vinnies crew got to go and support Bob Savea (part of Vinnies Youth Team) and his Sau e Siva Creatives Collective who put on an amazing show, which showcased a talented cast made up of almost 100 of the community. There were even some talented Young Vinnies involved too! Congratulations to the whole cast they were superb!


Regular Service Projects Continue…

And through it all, the regular volunteering projects continue:

Weekly at Mt Eden Prison, City Mission and Auckland Hospital volunteering and Monthly at Wesley Rest Home Hospital Vincentian Mass.