Helping those less fortunate

STUDENTS from St Patrick’s Technical College have taken time out of their busy school schedule to help serve food to those who need it most.
Cookery students provided a free lunch for the less fortunate, by serving home-made soup and warm apple pies at the Elizabeth Vinnies’ store on Friday.
St Patrick’s religious education co-ordinator, John Neate, said the free soup lunch was part of the school’s ongoing support of Vinnies and those doing it tough in the local community.
“Normally, we run a barbecue every Friday that is operated by our electro-technology students, but, this time, the cooking students have done something a little bit different,” he said.
“We gathered the funds, which we put towards ingredients and materials required for our free lunches, from the school’s ongoing effort to recycle cans.”
Year 11 student Kurtis Joyce said helping community members who are struggling is a very humbling experience.
“I’m really honoured to be able to help the community,” he said.
“It’s great to see how the community responds and it really opens your eyes to see how people are living in their everyday lives.”
The school’s commitment to helping those in need doesn’t stop in the local community, with students set to travel to Cambodia later in the year to help put some of their trade skills to the test.
Mr Neate said the school has travelled to Cambodia in the past and the aim is to provide less-fortunate communities with access to basic needs.
“We’ve got a group of 14 students going to a self-help village, which is like a school-cum-orphanage, in Siem Reap,” he said.
“The students will identify a need in the local community in Cambodia and attempt to use some of their trade skills they’ve learnt at school to achieve a practical goal for the village.”
Eight students travelled with staff to the same village in Cambodia last year, and laid 800m of underground piping to help connect an unattached water well to the village.
Mr Neate said all of the school’s charity work is aimed at bettering communities in need.
“We’re not doing it to make ourselves look good,” he said.
“There is a real need for some of the things we do, both in our own local community and other communities further abroad.”