Bagging up COVID kits the Vinnies way

Ozanam Industries workers pack COVID-19 testing kits (NSW Health/Nine News)

If you live in New South Wales and have been tested for COVID-19, chances are you will have used one of the nearly 1.5 million testing kits assembled by the team of supported workers at Vinnies’ Ozanam Industries. Source: CHA.

Ozanam Industries – named after the Society of St Vincent de Paul’s 19th-century Parisian founder, Frederic Ozanam – has centres in the Sydney suburbs of Stanmore and West Ryde, as well as in Coonamble, on the state's central western plains.

The Vinnies centres are places where employees can build confidence, learn new skills and take pride in their work, all in a safe, supportive and professional environment.

Rod Silber, business development manager at Stanmore, said Ozanam offered a helping hand to NSW Health Pathology in July last year.

Along with vaccinating and contact tracing, testing is a key component in the fight against COVID-19’s spread, but up until then exhausted NSW Health staff had been packing the COVID test kits – nasal and throat swabs, storage vial and a sealable plastic bag – at the end of their busy shifts in the lab and in the Newcastle office.

Mr Silber said when NSW Health commissioned Ozanam to assemble the kits, it was a win for both organisations.

“Our priority is to ensure that each person has the opportunity to develop their full potential as a member of the Australian workforce through effective, relevant, and ongoing training,” he says.

“This work was extremely exciting for our supported employees and the support staff at both of our facilities. And NSW Health loves us because they can see they are giving something back to people with disabilities, and because we have been such a reliable partner.”


Bagging up COVID kits the Vinnies way (CHA) 

Mass on Demand


From Parish of Our Lady of The Way, North Sydney & Lavender Bay. The first Mass of the day on YouTube.
Mass on Demand donate

Daily Prayer

Daily Prayer

All your daily readings, reflections and prayers can be found here...