Kids help­ing kids

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

d469342 MANNA has launched a new pro­gram to help chil­dren around Perth, draw­ing on the com­pas­sion of other kids.

Kids Help­ing Kids was launched on Thurs­day at Re­gent Col­lege, which en­cour­ages chil­dren to do­nate food to other schools.

Manna runs a School Break­fast Pro­gram at 20 schools around Perth and the do­nated food will help un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren.

Dur­ing a talk with the stu­dents, Manna founder Bev Lowe told them there were chil­dren who weren’t as well off as they were.

“The con­cept that there are chil­dren in this State who are hun­gry is some­thing peo­ple don’t un­der­stand, but it hap­pens here,” she said.

“There are kids liv­ing with grand­par­ents who are do­ing it tough fi­nan­cially.

“It’s not about them (be­ing) ne­glected, it’s just that things are tough and they are in an awk­ward po­si­tion.

“When you say to kids that there are peo­ple who are home­less, they don’t quite un­der­stand, but when you ex­plain that there are kids liv­ing in cars be­cause they lost their home, it has an im­pact.

“Re­gent Col­lege are our first part­ners, but we are hop­ing by the end of the year that we have a group of schools.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d469322

Alex Der­ham, with his girl­friend Tanika Cal­lis­ter, faces a long re­cov­ery af­ter a car ac­ci­dent.

Manna founders John and Bev Lowe with Year 3 stu­dents Rainie Fo­takis and Joshua Sot­ingco (both 8).

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