Social Justice and Outreach

“When I was hungry, you gave me something to eat, and when I was thirsty, you gave me something to drink. When I was a stranger, you welcomed me, and when I was naked you gave me clothes to wear. When I was sick, you took care of me, and when I was in jail you visited me… You did it for me.”

Matthew 25: 35 – 36, 40

Thank you for helping us make a difference.

Our Mini Vinnies group, made up of Foundation to Year 6 children, met with Bob Miller, president of St Vincent de Paul Society, Craigieburn and Catherine Smith, school liaison officer.

We discovered a variety of initiatives we could get involved in to help make a difference to others. As communicators and collaborators we met to dialogue and share our ideas about ways we could make a difference. We decided on two initiatives to support our local community. The first initiative included the purchase of Woolworths gift cards for the needy in our community and the second initiative was to make up bags filled with toiletries for some men’s shelters.

We decided to use the money we raised through selling our bottled worm tea to purchase the gift cards. Thank you for your support in buying our bottled worm tea. During term 3, 2015 we raised $390 selling the worm tea in our school community and another $271.35 selling our bottled worm tea outside Woolworths in Craigieburn Central. Altogether we gave St Vincent de Paul Society $660 made up of $20 and $10 Woolworths gift cards.

Thank you for your generous spirit in donating toiletries. We were able to create 50 toiletry bags each filled with a tube of toothpaste, a toothbrush, shavers, shaving cream, deodorant, shampoo, mouthwash, soap and a face washer.

St Vincent de Paul Society collected the toiletry bags from our learning community. We have made a positive difference through our outreach to others, as part of our Mini Vinnies group, and have participated in some effective initiatives that have made a difference to the community.