Students help out

June 09, 2018

St Vinnies volunteer Irena Biesiekierski receiving winter coats from Makayla Tamburro, y6, as part of the annual donation organised by St Mary's School students.

St Vinnies volunteers grateful for the help from grade six students at St Mary's School in Mooroopna.

St Mary’s School students have gathered goods for donation in support of the St Vinnies winter appeal.

St Mary’s religious education co-ordinator Marg Lee said the children had taken part in gathering and donating food, blankets and clothes for St Vinnies on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

The Feast of Sacred Heart is a solemnity in the liturgical calendar of the Roman Catholic Church.

Ms Lee said as part of the annual event, the school held a Mass where St Vinnies volunteers from Mooroopna were invited to attend and accept the goods donated by the students.

Ms Lee said the students involved in the social justice team at the school also held a morning tea for the St Vinnies volunteers.

St Vinnies conference president for Mooroopna Bernie Trevaskis said he was thankful for the continued support of St Mary’s School.

He said their generous donations would be a great help in reaching the many needy people of Mooroopna.

‘‘On average we assist at least 10 people and families a week with food, accommodation, rent, petrol, medical expenses, school expenses.

‘‘We also donate clothing, furniture and bedding out of our shop to those who come seeking assistance,’’ he said.

Mr Trevaskis said each week the school sent a different group of students to St Vinnies where they assisted in packaging goods, tidying up the shop and providing assistance to the workers.

Ms Lee said by doing that, the children not only helped the workers at St Vinnies but also saw how the organisation worked and where their donations went.

Year 6 student Ebony Lawer said the school had put in a lot of effort for this year’s appeal.

‘‘It feels good to be able to help those in our community,’’ she said.

- Laura Briggs

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