Help­ing home­less is what drives boy

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

AQUINAS Col­lege stu­dent Ky­nan Ch­ester­ton is ea­gerly await­ing his 13th birth­day, though it is not for any rea­son you might think.

The char­i­ta­ble Year 7 stu­dent said he was look­ing for­ward to be­com­ing a teen early next year be­cause he would fi­nally have reached the min­i­mum age to vol­un­teer in the kitchen at St Pat’s in Fre­man­tle.

“Once I turn 13 I will be old enough to help preparing break­fasts for home­less peo­ple so I am look­ing for­ward to do­ing that,” he said.

And while he is yet to hit his teens, Ky­nan has proved no stranger to home­less char­i­ta­ble work af­ter be­ing awarded for his con­tin­u­ing ded­i­ca­tion last week.

St Pa­trick’s Com­mu­nity Cen­tre awarded Ky­nan a Ju­nior Sup­porter Award for his ded­i­ca­tion to help­ing home­less peo­ple through his fundrais­ing ven­tures for Street Swags.

To raise money for the swags, Ky­nan or­gan­ised the an­nual Dads and Kids Camp Out at his for­mer school, Mel Maria Catholic Pri­mary, charg­ing for tent sites and also rais­ing money through a ba­con and egg roll break­fast at the event.

In the past three years, Ky­nan and par­tic­i­pants have raised enough money to sup­ply 45 swags to Fre­man­tle’s home­less through St Pat’s.

He said it was ex­cit­ing to fundraise when money went to such a wor­thy cause and he was look­ing for­ward to do­ing more to help the home­less.

“The sleep­outs are fun and we are hop­ing to or­gan­ise some sleep­outs at other schools next year,” he said.

Ky­nan Ch­ester­ton ac­cepts his award from Sue Pem­ber and Michael Piu . THE Town of Vic­to­ria Park is look­ing to ac­knowl­edge and cel­e­brate long-time res­i­dents who have made a valu­able con­tri­bu­tion to the growth and de­vel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity.

Res­i­dents who have lived in the Town’s sub­urbs for more than 50 years are en­cour­aged to reg­is­ter for in­clu­sion in the 2016 Early Set­tlers Cel­e­bra­tion.

Early Set­tlers are res­i­dents who have lived con­tin­u­ously in the Town’s lo­cal­i­ties of Vic­to­ria Park, East Vic­to­ria Park, Lath­lain, Carlisle, Bur­swood or rel­e­vant parts of River­vale, Welsh­pool, Bent­ley or St James.

Mayor Trevor Vaughan said the event was a way to cel­e­brate and recog­nise the peo­ple who have helped to shape the com­mu­nity.

“They have wit­nessed the chang­ing face of the Town, from when it was part of the City of Perth, to be­ing pro­claimed an in­de­pen­dent mu­nic­i­pal­ity in 1994,” he said.

Reg­is­tra­tion forms are avail­able at Vic­to­ria Park Li­brary, or down­load from the Town’s web­site.

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