Bowled over for char­ity

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JANET Pyke is up to her eye­balls with bowls.

The Dalkeith res­i­dent has more than 500 bowls in her garage and stacked on the dining room ta­ble ahead of her in­au­gu­ral Empty Bowls Perth char­ity event this Sun­day.

Ms Pyke said ev­ery­one was in­vited to Christ Church Gram­mar School re­fec­tory to en­joy a de­li­cious soup and bread lunch and take home their spe­cially cho­sen bowl for $20.

All money raised will go to Food­bank WA. “One day I found $5 on the ground so I of­fered to buy my friend a cake,” Ms Pyke said.

“She told me: ‘When I find money I give it to a home­less per­son’, and I thought, ‘Oh, I think I could do a lot bet­ter than just $5.’

“Un­for­tu­nately, there are chil­dren ar­riv­ing at schools with­out break­fast and this af­fects their abil­ity to learn.

“Food­bank has an ex­cel­lent break­fast in schools pro­gram which goes a long way to fix­ing this prob­lem, but they need all the help they can get.”

Ms Pyke said she had been over­whelmed with sup­port for the project, with ev­ery­one from Mo­er­lina School stu­dents to lo­cal AFL stars vol­un­teer­ing to make and hand-dec­o­rate bowls.

Twenty bowls signed by West Coast Ea­gles and Fre­man­tle Dock­ers coaches and play­ers are be­ing auc­tioned on­line, in­clud­ing 2014 Brown­low medal­list Matt Prid­dis and Matthew Pavlich.

The lunch is do­nated by lo­cal eater­ies in­clud­ing Steves in Ned­lands, Cottes­loe Beach Ho­tel, Vans Cottes­loe, Jeremy’s Ex­clu­sive Butch­ers, Bar­rett’s Bread and New Nor­cia Bak­ery. Visit emp­ty­

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Janet Pyke hopes to dish out much help from her Empty Bowls char­ity event.

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