Young good Samaritans

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Primary students living faith in action at the Mini Vinnies Day.

Primary students from 28 Sydney Catholic schools were inspired to do more to help those in need after attending a Mini Vinnies Gathering recently.

Mini Vinnies is a junior form of the St Vincent de Paul Society operating in Primary schools across Australia. It introduces students from Years 3 to 6 to social justice issues, the St Vincent de Paul Society, living faith in action and inspires them to help those in need within their school community and beyond.

At the gathering at Australian Catholic University Strathfield campus, the 225 students attending were encouraged to consider the theme of the day: ‘How can I be a good Samaritan?’ They learnt the Mini Vinnies song, renewed their Mini Vinnies pledge and joined in workshops.

Being involved in Mini Vinnies also develops leadership skills, enables students to learn about issues in their community and discover their ability to make a difference in the world.

– Mary Musolino, School Liaison Officer, St Vincent de Paul Society
“By connecting their beliefs and values with service activities and issues in their community they can help make their faith real, meaningful and relevant. Being involved in Mini Vinnies also develops leadership skills, enables students to learn about issues in their community and discover their ability to make a difference in the world.”
Mini Vinnies Day for Sydney Catholic Primary Schools.

Learning about the work of the St Vincent de Paul Society and how they can help.

Karina Settineri, teacher at Holy Innocents’ Catholic Primary School Croydon who attended with 15 students from her school, said the Mini-Vinnies day helped the students understand what the organisation does, who they help and where the money they raise or the food they collect goes.

“It was a real eye opener for the kids, and very inspirational to hear about real people they are helping. One of our students said, ‘We need to do more and more because we now realise what a difference we can make’,” Ms Settineri said.

“They are also learning that it is not always about monetary donations but giving time and support to others is really important. After today, this group will advocate that message to the rest of the school.”

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