Sunday, 22 September 2019

Lighting Up the Lives of Others Through Support for Hospital Chaplaincy

   Another way the St. Paul's Vinnies have found to support the craft stall the Hospital Chaplaincy are running during the last week of term to support the work they do, is by preparing the left over candles the Garin Vinnies created, for sale at the stall. We hope the candles will help to light up the lives of those who purchase them and the funds raised will continue to support the good work done by the hospital chaplaincy as they light up the lives of others.


Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Crafts Assist Hospital Chaplaincy

   The St. Paul's Vinnies have got underway creating craft items for a community stall that will be raising funds to go towards assisting the work of the hospital chaplaincy. With the cards that we created for the Richmond SVdP Centre's Christmas Hamper Appeal being a popular choice, the Vinnies have been making more cards in the form of hearts and trees...


Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Christmas Preparations Already Under Way

   Since the start of term 3 the St. Paul's Vinnies have been busy creating Christmas cards for the Richmond St. Vincent de Paul Centre's Christmas hamper appeal. This year our goal is to create 80 Christmas cards. With buttons and glitter the Vinnies have been busy at work. 

Saturday, 6 July 2019

Vinnies Have The Society of St. Vincent de Paul International Youth Day in the Bag

   On Thursday 4 July, young people from around the world will be celebrating International Youth Day with 2019's theme being, 'Young Vincentians caring for the environment! Caring today to generate sustainability and ensure tomorrow'. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul recognises that caring for the environment and seeking sustainable practices are new ways of practicing charity because it focuses on the common good. With plastic bags being banned in New Zealand from Monday 1 July, the Garin Vinnies along with the St. Paul's Vinnies are creating material bags during the week Youth Day is being held in that can be used instead of plastic bags when people purchase items from the St. Vincent de Paul Centre. These bags are created from upcycled and repurposed t.shirts and by creating these bags the Vinnies are helping to do something positive for our planet as part of the theme for International Youth Day 2019.

Monday, 1 July 2019

Society of St. Vincent de Paul International Youth Day 2019

On 4 July, young people throughout the world will be celebrating the Society of St. Vincent de Paul International Youth Day. This year the Vinnies groups throughout the Nelson region took part in a competition of designing a cake depicting what it means to be a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul as a young person. The imagination and creativity that went into the cake designs was awesome so well done to all those who took part. The winner of the cake competition went to a St. Peter Chanel Vinnie whose design not only depicted the theme of International Youth Day 2019 - 'Young Vincentians caring for the environment! Caring today to generate sustainability and ensure tomorrow' but also 'new growth' which is an important part of the role young people play in the Society of St. Vincent de Paul today.
   The Society recognises that caring for the environment and seeking sustainable practices are new ways of practicing charity because it focuses on the common good. Just as importantly, The Society of St. Vincent de Paul internationally is seeing Vincentian Youth rise up to meet the challenge through acting as national presidents, in regional and central councils throughout the whole structure. Furthermore Vincentian youth are involved in developing international strategic plans and are part of communities that are leading the change.

    International Youth Day emphasises that young people are not only essential to the Society but are of paramount importance.  It is upon sustainable practices and new growth taking place that indeed the future of the Society depends.
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Runner-Up:


Monday, 10 June 2019

Butterflies Brighten the Lives of Others

   In doing a survey with the Vinnies at the beginning of term, one thing that popped up that they would like the opportunity to do was to make something in Vinnies and then give it to a person of their choice. With collecting back the butterflies from our Vinnies display at Garin College, this was the perfect opportunity for this to happen on Friday 31 May. With the help of Ella, one of the Garin College Vinnies who came to help at our St. Paul's Vinnies session, the butterflies were attached to pieces of doweling with a long piece of thread so that they could go fluttering through the air. The Vinnies also stapled cellophane and tissue paper streamers to the bottom of them. People that the Vinnies thought might benefit from their gift included a cousin with leukemia, a sister who has autism and a family member who was turning one. 


Thursday, 23 May 2019

Promoting Vinnies at Garin Youth Week Celebration


On Friday 24 May, the St. Paul's Vinnies had the opportunity to head off to Garin College to be part of the Youth Week Celebrations the Garin Vinnies had happening. Part of the celebrations was the opportunity to get out into the school community promoting Vinnies and the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Vinnies had on offer a variety of food with a French based theme from chocolate croissants and soliel et lune to chips and French Onion dip to coincide with the fact that France is the International Headquarters of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Vinnies also gave out St. Vincent de Paul logo stickers and Vinnies brochures providing information as to what Vinnies is all about. 




Lighting Up the Lives of Others Through Support for Hospital Chaplaincy

    Another way the St. Paul's Vinnies have found to support the craft stall the Hospital Chaplaincy are running during the last week...