That Christmas feeling is alive and well at St Canice's


Maurie Rasmussen from the Katoomba Conference (St Vincent de Paul) and Mark Geerligs, principal of St Canice's.

Maurie Rasmussen from the Katoomba Conference (St Vincent de Paul) and Mark Geerligs, principal of St Canice's.

The children at St Canice’s Catholic Primary school, Katoomba, are busily preparing for Christmas.  Among the craft and cards and presents the true meaning of the season has not been lost.   The Mini Vinnies children who support the local St Vincent de Paul group have been talking to the children about giving to the poor and needy in our community this festive season.  

“We collected presents so that the poor people could have a little bit better Christmas than they usually do,” said Jonah, who is in Year 2.

The children from Kindergarten to Year 6 and the staff have been collecting food and toys to help support those who, without assistance, would not be celebrating this Christmas.  

This week Mark Geerligs, the school principal, delivered the food and presents to the local Vinnies store.  

“It has taken two very full car loads to get everything to the St Vincent de Paul office in Katoomba,” Mr Geerligs said. “I am constantly overwhelmed by the generosity of this small community.  Helping others is what we promote here at St Canice’s.”

The Mini Vinnies group has been active throughout the year raising money to give to the local St Vincent de Paul group to help the poor and needy in our community. 

They have held fun days such as chalk day and bubble blowing day as well as cake stalls and the annual winter sleep out.  Through these efforts more than $3,000 has been raised.  This all goes to the local community.  

“I like being part of Mini Vinnies because I like to help donate and make others realise that we if all help a little bit it makes a big difference,” said Amy who is in Year 5.