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BAGS FOR CHIL­DREN IN CRI­SIS

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

STU­DENTS at the St Maria Goretti Catholic School in Red­cliffe have been busy mak­ing 22 com­fort packs for the Con­sta­ble Care pro­gram.

A to­tal of 270 stu­dents from kindy to Year 6 have do­nated brand-new, age-ap­pro­pri­ate items for chil­dren aged six to 10 who have had to leave their homes due to abuse, ne­glect or cri­sis sit­u­a­tions such as road ac­ci­dents or cat­a­strophic fires.

Par­ents and friends as­so­ci­a­tion vice-pres­i­dent Karen Well­man said the school be­came in­volved in the pro­gram af­ter a par­ent saw a post on so­cial media from an­other school that had re­cently do­nated to it.

“They chal­lenged other schools to match their con­tri­bu­tion and we are al­ways look­ing for new ways to give back to the com­mu­nity,” Ms Well­man said.

“We were also keen to get the stu­dents in­volved in the pro­gram as much as pos­si­ble, as we felt it was a good op­por­tu­nity for their own aware­ness and de­vel­op­ment.”

Ms Well­man said the stu­dents brought in their do­na­tions and helped pack bags dur­ing their lunch break.

“We in­vited the chil­dren to con­sider what items they would like to re­ceive in the bag if they didn’t have a home to go to one night,” she said.

“The chil­dren en­joyed choos­ing the items for the bags with this in mind, es­pe­cially the toys and books.”

Con­sta­ble Care chief ex­ec­u­tive David Grib­ble said when chil­dren went into cri­sis care, it was of­ten un­der trau­matic cir­cum­stances, and with such ur­gency that they were un­able to take even the ba­sic essentials with them.

“Chil­dren are of­ten distressed and in need of im­me­di­ate sup­port to im­prove their wel­fare and well­be­ing,” Mr Grib­ble said.

Karen Well­man, Con­sta­ble Care and St Maria Goretti Catholic School stu­dents.

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