Teens go to great lengths to help

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Near You -

TEENAGERS Jas­min Bren­nan and Char­lotte Bird hope to raise $20,000 to help to­wards the $1 mil­lion Manna Inc needs this year to help feed the home­less. The 13-year-olds have al­ready raised more than $1000 just weeks af­ter Jas­min bungee-jumped off Ma­cau Tower, which stands 233m high. Char­lotte failed to meet the weight re­quire­ment for the high­est bungee jump in the world, so con­tin­ued fundrais­ing ef­forts while her long-time friend took the plunge. Jas­min said she dis­cov­ered the bungee chal­lenge about a year ago while Googling and had learnt more about what Manna Inc did for the home­less around the same time. She said founders Bev and John Lowe mo­ti­vated her to help oth­ers and she “wanted to be like them”. “They have car­ing hearts,” Jas­min said. Bev and John re­united with Jas­min and Char­lotte last week – the first time since the bungee jump – un­der the Weld Square tree where Manna Inc started 20 years ago. “We were driv­ing down this road one morn­ing,” Bev said. “It was rain­ing and I no­ticed there were lots of peo­ple sit­ting un­der the trees in the rain. “Five hours later, they were still there. “We had been farm­ers so I said to John ‘let’s go home and make soup’.” Two decades later, the line of home­less peo­ple wait­ing for of­ten their only meal of the day has in­creased from 30 peo­ple to more than 250. Bev said Jas­min and Char­lotte had “com­pas­sion” and that set them apart from other teenagers. Jas­min sought spon­sor­ship from Flight Cen­tre Mundaring, the WACA, Bren­nan and As­so­ciates and AJ Hack­ett to make the trip to Hong Kong pos­si­ble to en­sure all money raised goes to Manna Inc. She in­cor­po­rates three hours of phi­lan­thropy into her home-school­ing each week. Do­nate at https://give. ev­ery­day­hero.com/au/ char­lotte-and-jas-bungee­jump.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d448885

Manna Inc founders John and Bev Lowe with teenagers Jas­min Bren­nan and Char­lotte Bird (both 13).

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