Students' CAN-do attitude

WE 'CAN' DO IT: Xavier students rally around their charity cause and encourage others to donate.
WE 'CAN' DO IT: Xavier students rally around their charity cause and encourage others to donate.

Every year, students and staff at Xavier College band together to suppoer the work of the Gawler branch of the St Vincent de Paul Society through their annual Vinnie's Winter Appeal.

The appeal runs from May 27 to June 14, and, throughout this time, every member of the Xavier College community is being asked to consider donating good quality cans of tinned food to aid the local St Vincent de Paul Society.

With winter setting in, now is a time when their needs reach their peak.

The tinned goods are used to make up food hampers as well as supporting 'Fred's Van', an initiative distributing food to those in need in the northern suburbs.

For the second year in a row students have been presented with a unique fundraiser, known as 'Winter Woolies' Days, where for a gold coin donation, they have the opportunity to wear beanies and scarves to school (sparking many friendly football rivalries).

Funds from this initiative goes towards buying more cans for the drive.

The drive forms part of the Christian Citizenship dimension weaved into everyday life at Xavier, where students are able to learn the value of giving to others, and implement this in alignment with the school motto of RUAH: Respect, Understanding, Affection and Humour.

The school says that at the heart of the can appeal is a genuine desire to help others, powered by the knowledge that it is the little things that count.