Term 3, Issue 2 - Social Justice | Siena College
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Social Justice

“Never see a need without doing something about it”

St Mary of the Cross Mackillop

Needless to say, 2020 has presented us all with unexpected and unprecedented challenges. We have navigated uncertainty and unpredictability and lived through situations and circumstances never before seen or experienced. Not surprisingly, such challenging times have presented significant difficulty for the more vulnerable members of our Melbourne community.

In collaboration with St Dominic’s Parish and St Vincent de Paul, Siena has formed a relationship with the community living in the Horace Petty Housing Estate in Prahran. In the final week of classes, our senior students were invited to donate grocery items, toiletries and stationary supplies to the many families living on the estate. It was uplifting to see that, though facing challenge and uncertainty themselves, our seniors and their families were able to recognise the needs of others and to respond with a practical and generous spirit. Donations have been delivered to the kindergarten on the estate and from there will be distributed to the families in most need.

As the usual Soup Van service provided by Vinnies has been momentarily suspended, while at school, staff were invited to donate grocery items, toiletries and warm clothing to support the alternative service Vinnies was offering. Vinnies Volunteers are preparing hampers consisting of basic grocery items including cereal, pasta, rice, tuna, long life milk, and toiletries such as toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner, and soap. Each hamper is delivered to families known to Vinnies who are in need of support.

All members of the Siena community are encouraged to continue to seek opportunities to reach out and support those in significant need throughout this period. If you are unsure as to how to help, please contact bilott@siena.vic.edu.au , and I will be happy to direct you to services in need.

Bronwyn Ilott

Head of Justice Education
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