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Mini Vinnies by Bridget (Yr 6 Leader)

posted 5 Aug 2016, 20:44 by Michelle Virgona   [ updated 5 Aug 2016, 21:00 ]
On Thursday the 28th July Laura, Mia, Jack B, Grace and myself represented the Year 6 Villa Maria Mini Vinnies at the Australian Catholic University. A Mini Vinnie is a younger version of a volunteer at St. Vincent de Paul. At Villa Maria all Year 6 students are Mini Vinnies. The event was at the Australian Catholic University in Strathfield. The purpose of the day was for all Mini Vinnies to understand what their role was as a Mini Vinnie and to learn how they can assist the less fortunate in our society. On the day we listened to a few guest speakers but the one that resonated most with me was Madeline Bullock. Madeline Bullock started off in Queensland as a Mini Vinnie in primary school and then became a volunteer in Sydney. She talked to us about how we can be a Good Samaritan. I learnt that I could be a Good Samaritan by giving a smile and having a watchful eye for any situation where I can lend a helping hand. We took part in a group workshop where we discussed homelessness. Children from other schools joined us in sharing ideas about stereotypes of the less fortunate. Lots of new learning took place. From this day, I have learnt that anyone can be a Good Samaritan by doing basic gestures in our community. As Pope Francis has said addressing World Youth Day - “Download a good heart”.
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