Marist College serves up 1000 acts of kindness

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Marist College serves up 1000 acts of kindness
Photo courtesy of Jen Reeves.

Staff and students of Burnie’s Marist Regional College recently created a charity food drive to cater for community members affected by the coronavirus. 

Aptly Named ‘1000 Acts of Kindness’, the initiative saw the school prepare 1000 servings of soup in under four days to donate to locals struggling with the drastic changes caused by the pandemic. 

The concept of 1000 Acts of Kindness was first devised by the College’s Vocational Educational Co-ordinator, Ms Jen Reeves, when contemplating over dinner that her overproportion of soup could go to serve someone in need.

“I kept on thinking: people are in dire straits and need help quickly,” Ms Reeves said.

When ideas of how to help were discussed with Marist’s Acting Principal, Mr Gregg Sharman, the College decided to seek donations from local organisations in order to make large batches of vegetable soup for distribution to the isolated and elderly living in the area.

Local Businesses such as Young’s Vegie Shed promptly joined the cause by donating fresh produce and a small but dedicated team at the school was quickly formed to prepare 1000 portions of soup servings in the College’s commercial kitchen. 

A variety of charity organisations including St Vincent De Paul, Strike it Out Inc, Grow Gather Give and City Kitchen assisted with the distribution of the soups to community members.

“It all happened so quickly, in four days we managed to get it all out the door,” Ms Reeves said. 
She said the initiative was an example of faith in action, following Marist College’s Catholic ethos of providing hospitality and charity to the needy.  

“Even if it’s one soup, it makes a difference to someone.” 

VET Hospitality Trainee and recent graduate of the College, Abbie Chatwin, 18, helped prepare many of the 1000 servings of soup. 

“It was a huge effort and we were all very busy - we got to help a lot of people,” Abbie said. 

Abbie said she hopes the 1000 Acts of Kindness initiative becomes a yearly Easter event at the College, with the next goal to produce a batch of 10,000 soups. 

“It was an excellent outcome in which the whole community rallied behind - I hope this shows a little bit of compassion goes a long way.”