Littlie out to help others
At just five years old, Keira Bayliss thinks if people don’t have enough food to eat we should do something about it – and she is inspiring others to help too.
The Linden School pupil arrived at school one day upset after seeing a story on the news about people who don’t have enough money to buy food this Christmas.
She sought out the new entrants teacher Kelly Scott to talk about it, and they came up with a plan to start Keira’s Charity Club.
Keira made posters asking for donations of canned food, put a notice in the school newsletter, and made a presentation to her school assembly.
‘‘I heard that on the news – that some people don’t have any food and they might get starving and feel sad, so that’s why I decided.
‘‘There’s a poster in every single class. Mum helped with the writing and I drew a picture,’’ Keira says.
So far Keira has recruited her friends and classmates, teachers and even a doctor to join her cause, and supporters have donated a washing basket full of cans of food.
‘‘ We want spaghetti, heaps of cans and boxes, and cereal that they can eat in the morning – food that can last a very long, long long time,’’ she says.
The food will be donated to the Salvation Army for the community food bank.
Keira plans to keep the project going next year, and while she would quite like a club house, she is also planning how the club can raise awareness of the environment.
‘‘I think that this young lady’s going to end up winning a Nobel Prize.
‘‘She thinks about other people and comes to school with lots of ideas,’’ Miss Scott says.
‘‘Keira’s the sort of person who will go to the river and then she becomes concerned about pollution, and then she wants to learn all about it and what to do.’’