Thursday 02 July 2015

St Vinnies volunteers

The St Vincent de Paul Society is one of the most well recognised and highly regarded charitable organisations in Australia. Every day and night, the St Vinnies Soup Van nourishes the neediest in the community. Nourishing those in need is provided in the form of hot meals, drinks, snacks as well as companionship and a sense of belonging.

On Wednesday 1 July members of the Ivanhoe Grammar School community volunteered with the Fitzroy Soup Van, which provides more than 127,000 meals to people in Melbourne CBD, Fitzroy, East Melbourne and South Melbourne. The experience was eye-opening and very humbling and offered a broader perspective on real struggle and life on the streets.

Peter Royce (’06) and Year 8 student Oscar were some of the volunteers and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience. “It’s really different to just sending money off to a charity because you’re not only helping the people in need, but you also get to see the results of your effort, Oscar said. It’s great to know that you helped someone, whether you just fill their stomach or actually socialise with them and give them someone to talk to”.

Volunteering with the St Vinnies Soup Van helps to break through the barriers of loneliness and isolation that many living on the fringe of society suffer.

If you would like to find out more about volunteering with the St Vinnies Soup Van, please click here to contact our Alumni Coordinator, Elise Dunstan.