Sta­tionery packs for Porirua kids


A man given a sec­ond chance at life is mak­ing things a bit eas­ier for Porirua school chil­dren.

Pera Bar­rett was nearly killed in a 2005 car crash and the woman he hit did die, some­thing he said he will live with all his life.

‘‘I was lucky to get a sec­ond chance and if I can make a dif­fer­ence to some­one then I should. I feel an obli­ga­tion to do the stuff I can.’’

The Tawa man runs Shoe­box Christ­mas, dis­tribut­ing gifts to some of Welling­ton and Porirua’s most de­serv­ing chil­dren and now he’s started a new plan to help out with sta­tionery costs.

‘‘It’s a pretty sim­ple idea, it’s just set­ting some of th­ese kids up with sta­tionery packs, that’s all there is to it.’’

It was a meet­ing with a pri­mary school pupil that set the plan in mo­tion.

‘‘I met a lit­tle girl who said she wanted sta­tionery for Christ­mas be­cause she knows her fam­ily is un­der pres­sure and is go­ing to strug­gle when she goes to in­ter­me­di­ate.

‘‘There was a 9-year-old girl who was wor­ry­ing about some­thing she shouldn’t have to.’’

The stress on some fam­i­lies at the begin­ning of the year was tough and school sta­tionery just added to the prob­lem, he said.

‘‘We should be help­ing th­ese kids be­cause they may be the ones to grow up and do some­thing crazy for the world.’’

Lin­den School prin­ci­pal Gay­lene Hill said the pupil at her school showed ‘‘im­mense heart’’ by ask­ing for sta­tionery as a present.

‘‘Pera’s taken that to heart and now he’s spreading it wider. This girl was blown away.’’

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