Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Memory Candles Completed

   The Garin Vinnies have now completed the Memory Candles created for World Pregnancy and Infant Loss Day that takes place each year on October 15. The Memory Candles will be given to families who have lost a child and will be lit as part of  the 'Wave of Light' - Wave of Light is an opportunity to join with bereaved parents, families and friends around the globe to commemorate all babies who sadly died too soon. ... To join the global 'Wave of Light',  people are asked to simply light a candle at 7pm local time on 15 October and leave it burning for at least one hour. At a time where abortion and the rights of people to choose this action is being hotly debated in Parliament, this was an opportunity to reflect on the grief that comes with losing a child and provide support to an amazing organisation that caters for families who have experienced loss. 

Monday, July 1, 2019

Vinnies Have The Society of St. Vincent de Paul International Youth Day in the Bag

   On Thursday 4 July, young people from around the world will be celebrating International Youth Day with 2019's theme being, 'Young Vincentians caring for the environment! Caring today to generate sustainability and ensure tomorrow'. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul recognises that caring for the environment and seeking sustainable practices are new ways of practicing charity because it focuses on the common good. With plastic bags being banned in New Zealand from Monday 1 July, the Garin Vinnies along with the St. Paul's Vinnies are creating material bags during the week Youth Day is being held in that can be used instead of plastic bags when people purchase items from the St. Vincent de Paul Centre. These bags are created from upcycled and repurposed t.shirts and by creating these bags the Vinnies are helping to do something positive for our planet as part of the theme for International Youth Day 2019.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Garin Vinnies Light Up the Lives of Others

   On Tuesday 11 June, the Garin Vinnies began a project of creating memory candles for Project Butterfly. These candles will be given to families who have lost a child as something that they will be able to light in memory of the child they've lost. Before this happens though, our first attempt at creating the candles will be given to each of the Garin Vinnies -  a reminder of the scripture verse from Matthew 5:16 "Let your light shine so that people can see your good deeds and give thanks to God" - something that is very much in keeping with being a Vinnie.

Having a Heart for Families with Children who have ADHD

   Wondered what happened to all the lovely hearts that the Garin Vinnies created and had on display as a tribute to those who lost their lives in the Christchurch terrorist attack? These hearts were given to families who belong to the ADHD Parent Support Group - a group set up to assist parents who have children with ADHD. The group were fortunate to have Ellen Montague Ramer - a Virtues Project Master Facilitator who is based here in Nelson come to speak to them about the Virtues Project which is used in a variety of spheres including assisting parents in raising children of character. As part of the talk, parents were given an opportunity to take home with them the virtues on the hearts that they felt they would like to work on as a family. It's been lovely to send our hearts out into the community in this way. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Promoting Vinnies at Garin Youth Week Celebration

For the Garin College Vinnies, Youth Week was an opportunity to promote the work of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and of course, being a Vinnie. A competition was run based around the display in regard to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul set up in the foyer of the College. On Friday 24 May, the Vinnies further promoted this work by getting out into the school community offering trays of food based around a French theme from chocolate croissants and soliel et lune to chips and French Onion dip to coincide with the fact that France is the International Headquarters of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. The Vinnies also gave out St. Vincent de Paul logo stickers and Vinnies brochures providing information as to what Vinnies is all about. To assist with this they had a small group of the St. Paul's Vinnies come to join them. This was a great opportunity for the St. Paul's Vinnies to find out what life at Garin is like.


Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Moving Forward - Together as One

   The Garin Vinnies have now set up their display of virtues in the foyer of Garin College in keeping with the focus of 'Moving Forward - Together as One' that has played such an important part in New Zealand since the Christchurch terrorist attack.

   In the aftermath of the recent Christchurch Terrorist Attack, New Zealand began the journey forward of looking at how we can as a nation develop stronger bonds with one another. In light of this the Garin Vinnies looked at the various virtues needed to do so. These virtues come from The Virtues Project – a global grass roots initiative to inspire the practice of virtues in all aspects of life. The Project is a catalyst for the renewal of kindness, justice and integrity in more than 90 countries and was honoured by the United Nations during the International Year of the Family as a “model global program for families of all cultures”.
   The Virtues Project has inspired and mobilised many thousands of families, educators, leaders and employees to commit acts of service and generosity to heal violence with virtues and to create safe and caring communities.
   The virtues that we, as the Garin Vinnies group felt were important in moving forward are written on the hearts displayed. Further explanation of these virtues is written on the back of each heart. This is an opportunity to take the time to read and to reflect.
   On each heart there is also a monarch butterfly with a further 12 monarch butterflies created for this display by the Year 4 – 6 Vinnies at St. Paul’s School. Each monarch butterfly represents a life that was lost in the terrorist attack. Around the world people view the butterfly as representing endurance, change, hope and life. It is our hope that as we reflect upon these virtues and implement them in our everyday lives that we can play a positive role in fostering endurance, change, hope and life in our community

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Visit to Wakefield Resthome

On Tuesday 2 April, the Garin Vinnies went on their visit to Wakefield Resthome to entertain the residents. Jackson did a great job of playing the piano and Wren entertained the residents with her flute music. On the way back to college we dropped the tactile mats made by the St. Joseph Vinnies last year into Ma's Place. We hope that the preschool children the mats were created for will enjoy playing with them.