The students spoke to each class about the organisation’s Project Compassion. They asked the student groups to bring gold coins to place on a poster emblazoned with the 2015 project theme ‘Food for Life’, aimed at ending hunger by training people in Fiji, Niger, Australia, Nepal, Peru and Indonesia to develop and maintain sustainable food sources.
The students’ goal was to fill all of the letters in the words ‘Food for Life’.
“We tried to be creative with the way we collected money,” said Mini Vinnies volunteer Santiana.
“We chose gold coins because they have more value than silver coins.”
Fellow volunteer Kristen said the group had focused on helping people from poor areas in Fiji.
“We collected money for the people in Fiji so that they can have farms and live a healthy lifestyle,” she said. “We used gold coins because we didn’t want the plastic money to blow away.”
Mini Vinnies is the St Vincent De Paul Society’s social justice program for primary school students.