Teens go to great lengths to help
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.
Manna Inc founders John and Bev Lowe with teenagers Jasmin Brennan and Charlotte Bird (both 13).