Vinnies is the youth arm of the St. Vincent De Paul Society NZ. The St. Vincent De Paul Society, through donations and its various Vinnies Centres generates the funds to help the poor, elderly and needy in our community. Our symbol shows that we are the hands(arms) of Christ which helps anyone in need, no matter colour creed or race.
Young Vinnies actively fund raise through Junior Socials, Mufti days etc. We at St. Patrick's College Silverstream have two major can drives per year to assist the various Conferences and area food banks with much needed supplies for those in need. Winter and Christmas are the biggest demand on resources. Some students also collect some of the cans donated and place in them in an A4 box along with fresh fruit, with simple to follow healthy recipes. This is due to the co-operation of senior students in the Food and Nutrition Department under Mrs Potts. This has been a great success in the past and continues each year.
Our students are also active in visiting the elderly at the home of Compassion next door, we also assist in the breakfast programme at St Michaels School in Taita. Young Vinnies also fund raise Caritas for international aid issues for countries in need in the South Pacific. eg Solomon Islands at the moment. This money is passed on to CaritasNZ who put the money directly where it is needed.
We teach our students that through the love of Jesus for us, to actively give up time and energy and reach out to those in need. Mostly we may not even see whose lives we have touched, sometimes we do!