In the spirit of giving

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Students from St Paul’s School, Coburg.16 December 2020

Students from St Paul’s School, Coburg, are showing their faith in action through their community.

This year, St Paul’s Mini Vinnies group, which is overseen by the school’s Religious Education Leader Joe Keane, asked their community to put together Christmas hampers.

The hampers include food that will go to those who are currently experiencing homelessness or food insecurity.

‘The response we received was overwhelming. We filled the van to capacity and were very touched by our community’s kindness, considering we have just come out of lockdown and some were doing it tough, too’, said Mr Keane.

Mini Vinnies empowers primary school students to become advocates within their school and local community by putting their values into action. They meet regularly to learn about social justice issues, develop leadership skills and engage with the wider St Vincent de Paul Society.

Over the years, St Paul’s School has shown an unwavering commitment to social justice. Students have previously participated in the Vinnies Winter Appeal to help those in need in the community. They have also donated bottles of water to the St Vincent de Paul Society to be used by the Fitzroy and Collingwood soup vans in their ‘rough sleeper’ packs.