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St Joseph's at Glen Innes deep into planning and prayer

Today, St Joseph's Mini Vinnies in Glen Innes were planning their activities for the Winter Appeal. A 'Sleep Out' is on the cards together with a pyjama day following where students will present their Cardboard Monster creations, made from the bedding most commonly used by homeless people. Conference members are also serious about using their Mini ...
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A wonderful act of love

​The Winter Appeal was launched today at O'Connor Catholic College in Armidale. The St Francis of Assisi High School Conference led a moving liturgy which drew on Micah 6:8 and Luke 10:25-37. The theme was love - not only in words but also in action. Baskets full of blankets and winter apparel, much of it brand new, were presented by students....
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Women are the focus of this year's appeal

​Did you know that almost half of our homeless population are Women? This is often overlooked. This winter, Women are our focus.

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St Philomena's Moree are into the 'Origin' spirit!

​Led by the combined Vinnies Conference, the students at St Philomena's in Moree will be sporting NSW or QLD Colours on Origin night, in exchange for a gold coin donation to the Winter Appeal. Great work guys!

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Beautiful Knitted Blankets

The St Mary's Mini Vinnies Team in Armidale a hard at work knitting blankets for the elderly who will appreciate some home-spun warmth this winter. The designs are lovely and so too the heart and soul which is going into their making.

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O'Connor gears up for Winter Appeal

Members of the St Francis of Assisi Conference prepared collection baskets for distribution around the school in preparation for the 2016 Vinnies Winter Appeal. O'Connor High Students will be asked to donate items of non-perishable food for the appeal.

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St Patrick's Mini Vinnies Commissioning Ceremony

​The new Mini Vinnies Conference at St Patrick's Walcha was formerly commissioned on the 20th May, during a Mass celebrated by Monsignor Wilkes. The Diocesan Youth Coordinator presented Office Bearers with their badges which were blessed during the Mass. School Principal Michael Ball spoke to the Congregation which (which included members...
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St Joseph's Mini Vinnies Commissioning Ceremony

On Wednesday 18th May, we had a beautiful mass to welcome and commission the eight students who wish to be part of Mini Vinnies for 2016. It was great to have the support of seven local members of the St Vincent de Paul Society. Children were presented with certificate, a SVDP badge and prayer card as well as a badge stating the role which they und...
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GET GRANDMOTHERS OFF THE STREETS

GET GRANDMOTHERS OFF THE STREETS
The slippery slope between our shortage of affordable housing and homelessness is a short, steep one. It doesn't take much of a shove to send people sliding into the ranks of our 105,000-plus homeless Australians.Women and girls make up 59 per cent of people turning to homelessness services. And the fastest growing cohort experiencing homelessness ...
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CEO Sleepout

CEO Sleepout
Homelessness: Rethink. Relate. Respond.In 2006 a small group of business leaders assembled in Sydney for the first Vinnies CEO Sleepout. They rallied to raise funds while getting a glimpse of what it might be like to have no bed to sleep in. Since then over 5,000 business and community leaders have taken part in what has become an iconic national e...
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