Help for the home­less

Joondalup Times - - OPINION -

A YEAR 7 Sor­rento stu­dent is on a mis­sion to im­prove the qual­ity of life of the home­less peo­ple of Perth.

Four years ago, then eightyear-old Vin­cent Pet­tinic­chio wanted to reach out to the home­less and give them packs con­tain­ing toi­letries and com­fort items.

Since then, he has helped 2230 peo­ple, with the pro­ject con­tin­u­ing this year.

Vin­cent said he was in­spired to start his pro­ject when he saw many home­less peo­ple while walk­ing around the city with his grand­par­ents.

“Peo­ple are home­less for dif­fer­ent rea­sons,” he said.

“They could be sick and un­sure of how or where to get help.

“Oth­ers may have to leave home be­cause of bad sit­u­a­tions.

“It does not mat­ter what the rea­son help.”

The two-day pack­ing event at Sa­cred Heart College saw 112 par­ents and vol­un­teers and 169 stu­dents cre­ate 1720 bags to do­nate to 21 dif­fer­ent char­i­ties.

Through­out the year, 18 other schools from around Perth also helped by pack­ing bags, count­ing items, writ­ing tags say­ing “just to let you know that some­one cares” or do­nat­ing items.

Kmart, Coles and Wes­farm­ers are also on board, dis­count­ing and do­nat­ing goods.

Rachel Marsh from Perth In­ner City Youth Ser­vices, which re­ceived 100 bags, said the ini­tia­tive had pos­i­tive im­pacts “in a prac­ti­cal sense as well as from a hu­man­i­tar­ian stance, where the young peo­ple sense that peo­ple in the com­mu­nity re­ally do care”. is, these peo­ple need

Nick Emes, Max Wood, Vin­cent Pet­tinic­chio, Tom Woods and Oliver Frost with some of the do­nated goods.

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