Vinnies and TCC join up for Christmas16 November, 2023
The real joy in Christmas is sharing it with others and the St Vincent De Paul Society keeps this spirit alive through their Christmas Hamper appeal in Rockhampton delivering much needed happiness to struggling families.
The Cathedral College partnered with St Vinnies and hosted their annual Giving Tree assembly.
As popular Christmas songs rang out, students placed gifts under the Christmas tree. Favourite festive food, gift vouchers, cash and pantry items poured in from 1330 students with an energy in the air that compared to the excitement of an early Christmas morning.
Coordinated by Wallace House, House Dean Mr Kevin Chopping welcomed Vinnies worker Mrs Barb Cavanagh.
Mrs Cavanagh, who is tireless in her mission to spread God’s mercy and who looks for the face of Christ in those she meets, thanked the students for their compassion and generosity.
The community gave $1300 in cash, over $900 in gift cards and two ute loads of hamper fillers.
Deputy Principal: Mission Mrs Claire Stitt said nurturing compassion deepens our experience of living life in all its fullness.
“There is an inexplicable joy that arises when we help others, when we reach out to others to make their life better, expecting nothing in return. We hope the families experience a sense of joy too and have a wonderful Christmas,” she said.