Lach’s best foot for­ward

Southern Gazette (Victoria Park) - - Front Page - Aaron Cor­lett

COMO Pri­mary School stu­dent Lach­lan Bell took mat­ters in his own hands when he saw peo­ple liv­ing on the street in the city.

The Kens­ing­ton res­i­dent (8) set up his own char­ity Lach's Socks last year, which en­cour­ages peo­ple to do­nate socks which then go to the home­less.

“I no­ticed it was very rainy and cold and I thought they needed food, socks and med­i­cal things,” he said.

Af­ter re­ceiv­ing sup­port from fam­ily and friends, Lach­lan is look­ing to get more peo­ple on board with his char­ity.

He has raised $1000 so far, which has gone to­wards the pur­chas­ing of socks, as well as the pur­chase of footy boots and equip­ment.

The boots and items have gone to the char­ity Luke's Boots for the Out­back, which help kids in re­mote com­mu­ni­ties.

“The kids need the shoes be­cause they play on hot sand,” Lach­lan said.

“I went into my dad's of­fice with a tin and peo­ple do­nated to me.”

Lach­lan's mum Saman­tha Duhamel said her son had ex­hausted dona­tions from the fam­ily's net­works and was call­ing on more peo­ple to help.

“The socks will be do­nated to the home­less dur­ing an up­com­ing Sal­va­tion Army Soup Run, where Lach­lan will be able to see the faces of the peo­ple he is help­ing,” she said.

Lach­lan is train­ing for the City to Surf to raise more money for his char­ity. Email lachssocks@gmail.com.

Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d472610

Lach­lan Bell with his stash of socks.

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