Treats add to char­ity

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Along with a bar­gain, cus­tomers at Porirua’s So­ci­ety of St Vin­cent de Paul’s are re­ceiv­ing a tasty treat cour­tesy of stu­dent helpers.

As part of an on­go­ing pro­gramme, a hand­ful of Vin­nies – the so­ci­ety’s youth arm, who help peo­ple in need through vol­un­tary com­mu­nity work – have been turn­ing up to the char­ity shop on Mun­gavin Ave ev­ery week. There, they make An­zac bis­cuits and hand them out to cus­tomers.

The bis­cuits’ recipe is also free to take away.

‘‘ What we want to do is en­cour­age home bak­ing,’’ says Vin­nies Porirua co-or­di­na­tor Doris Scott-ro­driguez.

‘‘It’s about pass­ing on knowl­edge and em­pow­er­ing peo­ple to help them­selves. It per­fectly fol­lows the St Vin­cent de Paul motto of ‘see, re­flect and act’. The kids are see­ing the ben­e­fits of what they are do­ing, rais­ing their aware­ness and hope­fully they re­flect on what they see in their com­mu­nity.’’

The recipe they are fol­low­ing has oats, which are good for choles­terol and sesame seeds, high in cal­cium.

Fifty year 6 stu­dents from St Theresa’s School and Holy Fam­ily School are in­volved in the Vin­nies pro­gramme, which runs across all four terms. They help out in the food­bank and will make soup for cus­tomers dur­ing the win­ter months. Vin­nies is part of an ini­tia­tive that has been run­ning na­tion­wide.

Ms Ro­driguez- Scott says along with help­ing peo­ple, mak­ing An­zac bis­cuits they also fol­low the school cur­ricu­lum of us­ing sci­ence and maths.

Store man­ager Kerry Atkinson says the cus­tomers love see­ing the kids and sam­pling the bis­cuits. She hopes it will have give peo­ple the im­pe­tus to cook healthy food for them­selves or fam­ily.

Bis­cuit bo­nanza: Namoori Teikake makes ready to pop an­other batch in the oven at the St Vin­cent de Paul’s shop last Tues­day.

Tempt­ing treat: Na­dia Luketina from Holy Fam­ily School is on hand­out du­ties to the char­ity shop cus­tomers.

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