Win­dow of op­por­tu­nity

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - PENINSULA SNAPSHOT - Pia van Straalen

SINCE 2013, Ja­son Win­dows man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Bren­dan O’Reilly and his team in Welshpool have been a part of a breakfast club at a local pri­mary school.

Want­ing to be more hands-on in their al­tru­is­tic pur­suits, Mr O’Reilly reached out to Manna, a Vic­to­ria Park­based char­ity that feeds the home­less and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple.

“We wanted to find a char­ity that we could not only sup­port fi­nan­cially but also get in­volved on a more per­sonal, hands-on level,” he said.

Ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day, Ja­son Win­dows staff serve fresh and healthy break­fasts to chil­dren at Brook­man Pri­mary School in Lang­ford.

The Manna Breakfast Pro­gram cur­rently pro­vides breakfast for around 20 stu­dents who might oth­er­wise have gone with­out.

“Staff see the true value and re­sults of their hands-on vol­un­teer­ing, fundrais­ing … and car­ry­ing out cre­ative d453914 fundrais­ing ini­tia­tives on a reg­u­lar ba­sis … such as the breakfast club be­cause Manna re­ceives no gov­ern­ment fund­ing. It re­lies on the kind­ness and gen­eros­ity of vol­un­teers and or­gan­i­sa­tions in or­der to feed the hun­gry in Perth six days a week,” Mr O’Reilly said.

In three years of col­lab­o­ra­tion, the com­pany has con­trib­uted more than $150,000 to Manna from its breakfast club pro­gram, to Com­mu­nity Sleep Out and through fundrais­ing.

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme

Ja­son Win­dows vol­un­teers Craig En­nor, Cheri Davis, Vanessa Ren­dulic and Ken In­man with Brook­man PS stu­dents Suzu Sato, Shakheia Matel­jak and Olivia Cor­bett en­joy some tasty breakfast at school.

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