Ayla pitches in to help

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

THIS six-year-old may be small but she has a very big heart.

Ayla has been busy bak­ing cup­cakes to in­clude in packs for the home­less.

She re­cently do­nated packs filled with es­sen­tials such as toi­letries to Home­less Con­nect (HC), which is stor­ing goods in Bel­mont be­fore its an­nual event in the city.

HC project man­ager Mar­ija Jelavic said the ges­ture was “truly re­mark­able”.

“Not just be­cause we have re­ceived much needed help for our project but also that some­one so young clearly un­der­stands the spirit of giv­ing,” she said.

“I be­lieve this sim­ple ges­ture of a child want­ing to help oth­ers is help­ing to cre­ate a bet­ter world.”

HC Perth is based on a one-stop-shop model of ser­vice pro­vi­sion to home­less peo­ple.

It was first held in Perth in Novem­ber 2008 and each year there has been an in­crease in peo­ple at­tend­ing.

A di­verse range of es­sen­tial ser­vices and ac­tiv­i­ties are avail­able for guests in­clud­ing a shop fa­cil­ity that of­fers food, toi­letries, un­der­wear, cloth­ing, shoes, books, toys and other items.

RUAH day cen­tre in Perth opens its doors for the day too and pro­vides a space for ser­vices to set up.

Man­ager Matthew Ni­chols said the day was good be­cause it brought all the main ser­vices to­gether at the same time and all the bar­ri­ers were re­moved.

Home­less Con­nect needs your help.

If you can do­nate any of the fol­low­ing, get in touch with Home­less Con­nect.

Non-per­ish­able food items. Toi­letries. New women’s un­der­wear and socks.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445142

Ayla with mother Donna (right) and Jill, from Home­less Con­nect.

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