As the cooler months rolled in, students at St Patrick’s Technical College commenced the planning and coordinating of activities to support the important work of Vinnies.
The Religious Education program provided Year 10 students with the opportunity to explore the history and work of the St Vincent de Paul Society, and as a final activity, students formed groups to plan various projects.
Students organised clothing baskets in classrooms and called upon their peers to make donations of non-perishable food items. Baskets were filled to the brim, with donations distributed through the local Elizabeth Vinnies branch.
Other groups coordinated lunchtime BBQs, raising money for various Vinnies programs, and a winter clothes drive was aimed at staff who so generously supported this great cause. Thanks to the Fred’s Van service, the donated scarves, gloves, beanies, blankets, and socks have already made their way to people in need of a little more warmth this winter.
The college values its special relationship with Vinnies and are always looking for ways to deepen the connection.
Ladies at the Vinnies Women’s Crisis Centre were recently pampered by the Year 11 Food & Hospitality and Hair & Beauty students. Creating a memorable day, the ladies enjoyed hair and beauty services, a special morning tea, and activity packs and games were given to the children staying at the centre.
St Patrick’s Technical College takes seriously its core value of service. At some stage in their school journey at the Edinburgh North college, all students will be involved in a project or activity to help people in the local community by supporting the vital work of Vinnies.