YOUNG VINNIES GROUP
Every Tuesday, a team of boys sacrifice their early morning sleep to follow Christ’s call – “Feed the Hungry”. From buttering the bread, to frothing up the milk to preparing the Wheet-Bix, these boys are prepared to feed those in need.
With the help of Mrs. Minehan who works effortlessly to provide for these boys, they feed up to 100 students with toasties, hot chocolate and Wheet-Bix smoothies. The Young Vinnies group aimed to feed as many hungry students as they could, with the support of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul. A government program called Kickstart Breakfast was introduced to supply free Weet-Bix and milk to feed hungry students in the school and has amalgamated with the breakfast club.
The boys involved with the program are proud of what they do. It’s not easy coming into school at 7am to set up for a breakfast that they themselves don’t get to enjoy. Sacrifice is the key to this project and the team are always prepared to provide for others first. St. John’s College has always tried to push the idea of student leadership and this breakfast club resembles the school values of sacrifice, humility and service. I would like to make special mention of Mrs. Minehan for always being available and providing the ingredients we needed.
The Young Vinnies have also been involved with the Caritas Challenge, community garden and Commit-to-a-Cause. This year money raised through the Caritas Challenge went to people in South Sudan. Money raised by the Year 11 Commit-to-a-Cause, which was run by the Vinnies, was donated to the “Whatever It Takes” Trust.
Opera Et Veritate – In work and in truth.