Kits of­fer peo­ple hope dur­ing cri­sis

Southern Telegraph - - Telegraph | News - Emily Sharp

Gil­more Col­lege stu­dents have been busy creating cri­sis kits for the re­gion’s most vul­ner­a­ble.

A class of Year 12 stu­dents study­ing chil­dren, fam­ily and the com­mu­nity have made toi­letry bags for chil­dren and adults to be do­nated to Rock­ing­ham’s Lucy Saw Refuge Cen­tre.

Teacher Re­becca Tennant said the project was about learn­ing skills, re­cy­cling and giv­ing.

“It’s part of the course out­line that they have to pro­duce an item that will help oth­ers, so when talk­ing to the kids and what they would like to do and through the topic of helping peo­ple through cri­sis, they thought it would be a good idea to make a prod­uct they could give that would con­tain toi­letries and help­ful items,” she said.

“Some put socks in, oth­ers a teddy bear and some lol­lies — we set a goal to cre­ate 30 bags in to­tal and got 35 in the end.

“It teaches them self­less­ness and com­pas­sion for other peo­ple — it’s such a good feel­ing to give to oth­ers and they need to un­der­stand that there are peo­ple who have less than them and feel pride for what they have them­selves.”

The bags were made by iron­ing to­gether plas­tic bags to cre­ate a thicker plas­tic be­fore zips were added and filled with toi­letries.

Gil­more Col­lege staff do­nated funds to help cover costs of the items and Coun­cil Av­enue Den­tal and Im­plant Cen­tre gave tooth­paste, tooth­brushes and floss.

“We wanted to keep it lo­cal and we also looked at what fam­i­lies go through and their chal­lenges,” Ms Tennant said.

“For me, it gives me great joy giv­ing to oth­ers, so I wanted to pass that on.”

Pic­ture: Emily Sharp

Photo avail­able at west­ Year 12 Gil­more Col­lege stu­dents Chelsea Bootsma, Tanika Tem­men and Qoel Per­ick with the Project Hope care bags to be do­nated to Rock­ing­ham’s Lucy Saw Refuge Cen­tre.

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