Our Lady of Victories has a very active social justice program with a dual focus on awareness and action. The student leaders in the Mini Vinnies Group lead the student body in a variety of initiatives including the Lenten CARITAS Appeal, St Vincent de Paul appeals (winter and Christmas) and Catholic Mission.
Our fundraising focuses for each term throughout the year are:
Caritas Global support — In the form of Project Compassion money boxes. Stage 3 leaders actively collect money as well as each family receiving a box to place in their own homes.
Vinnies Winter Appeal — Supporting locals — Dressing up in second-hand clothing, competing in a talent quest and donating a gold coin. All monies collected are given to the local St Vincent de Paul organisation. This day is organised by Stage 2.
Catholic Mission — Global support — A mission day organised by Stage 3 students concludes the term and is supported by a presentation from Richard Cootes from Catholic Mission. The activities include Jaffa bashing, yabby races, face painting, treasure hunts, plus much more.
Vinnies Christmas Appeal — Supporting Locals — Students and families are asked to support the local appeal through donating non-perishable goods, money or presents, which are then distributed to needy locals at the festive time.
The school encourages the students to propose other areas for social justice work at a local level. From year to year this is in response to the needs of the local community.