Vinnies Hampers 2019
Justice is at the heart of a Loreto education; it is at the centre of who we are here at Loreto Normanhurst. Human rights and the needs of those who may be on the margins of our communities are very important to us and we try to find ways to explore the needs of these people and act to respond to their needs. We do this by considering what it means to live justly in our everyday life and we bring to the minds of our students issues and people that might need more support than others so we can respond with vision and action. While we support national and international issues, we also focus on our own communities.
At the end of last year, as we do each year, Loreto Normanhurst collects food, gifts and personal items for hampers for the St Vincent de Paul Conference Waitara, to be distributed to those in need in our own local community. In 2019, Loreto again exceeded expectations, resulting in a huge quantity of donations that were delivered to St Vincent de Paul at the end of Term 4.
Shirley Kalynack from St Vincent de Paul Hornsby, wrote a note to the school expressing her thanks and how meaningful our donations are to families:
“Thanks to your very generous donations we were able to pack and deliver 140 hampers to our clients today. Your gifts are very much appreciated, so carefully chosen and so generous. The drivers reported back to us the great joy our clients showed when their hampers were delivered. For some of our clients, your gifts will be the only gifts they will receive at Christmas time.”
Thank you to all in the Loreto community that contributed to the hampers. Your actions have made a meaningful difference in the lives of those who face great challenge.
Special thanks to Jenelle Minto, who coordinated the Vinnies hampers and to the Heads of Houses and Year 12 Social Justice Leaders for raising awareness and encouraging donations.
Ms Melissa Clancy
Social Justice Coordinator