En­counter with home­less trig­gers help­ing hands

Cockburn Gazette - - NEWS -

CHIL­DREN of­ten dream big but it is not of­ten they have the chance or con­cen­tra­tion to fol­low things through from start to fin­ish.

That is cer­tainly not the case for Coolbellup Com­mu­nity School trio Indyana Mor­ton, Tadiwa Mu­tizwa and Taryn Strother, who are aim­ing to dis­trib­ute up to 100 kits to the home­less over the school hol­i­days.

In the kits are san­i­tary items in­clud­ing ra­zors, soap, de­odor­ant, sham­poo and gum.

The kits were filled with do­na­tions from the pub­lic and pur­chases made by the stu­dents us­ing their own pocket money.

Year 6 stu­dent Indyana said she was en­cour­aged to do some­thing after query­ing the cir­cum­stances around a home­less per­son she had seen dur­ing a trip to the shops.

After ad­vice from her grand­mother and guid­ance from school chap­lain Jane Snare, Indyana and friends Tadiwa and Taryn de­cided to put a plan into ac­tion.

The ju­nior team spoke at their school as­sem­bly and used the in­flux of vis­i­tors on State Elec­tion day to push their cause and col­lect do­na­tions.

Indyana said the re­sponse had been greater than ex­pected, with do­na­tions com­ing in all the time.

“We were very ex­cited that peo­ple wanted to help peo­ple in need,” she said.

The trio are ea­ger to work with the Red Cross or Sal­va­tion Army to de­liver the bags to those who need them most over com­ing school hol­i­days. Do­na­tions can be made at the school.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d467278

Year 6 stu­dents Taryn Strother, Indyana Mor­ton and Tadiwa Mu­tizwa with their Help­ing Hands do­na­tion bags.

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