School sup­plies

Melville Times - - News -

The School Packs Project is set to help chil­dren in need once again.

FIONA McMullen has been slowly fill­ing her garage with boxes of school sup­plies des­tined for new homes.

This is the sec­ond year of col­lec­tions for the School Packs Project and the amount of do­na­tions ap­pears set to ex­ceed last year’s ef­forts, where 370 school sta­tionery packs were given to chil­dren who are ei­ther cared for by their grand­par­ents or es­cap­ing vi­o­lence in Perth refuges.

This year do­na­tion boxes for school bags and other sta­tionery were placed at com­mu­nity li­braries across Perth through­out Septem­ber.

Ms McMullen said sup­port from 25 li­braries had made it eas­ier for more peo­ple to do­nate and hoped this year’s project would top 500 bags.

“It re­ally is a com­bined com­mu­nity ef­fort,” she said.

“These kids are amongst the most vul­ner­a­ble and of­ten left with noth­ing due to des­per­ate fam­ily cir­cum­stances.

Teenager Jas­mine Cham­ber­lain be­came a sur­pris­ing cham­pion of the cause, con­vinc­ing a sta­tionery com­pany to do­nate 200 erasers and gain­ing enough fur­ther do­na­tions to per­son­ally fill five boxes.

Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional of South Perth has also chipped in $2000 to help or­gan­is­ers pur­chase any out­stand­ing items needed to com­plete the packs.

A pack­ing day is planned for later this year be­fore the school sup­plies are taken to the Women’s Coun­cil for Do­mes­tic and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Services for dis­tri­bu­tion to refuges.

Pic­ture: David Baylis d487344

Back: Fiona and Pam, from School Packs Project. Front: Deb Rigby, Jas­min Cham­ber­lain and Bron­wyn Ife.

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