Mo­ments to keep in mem­ory

Western Suburbs Weekly - - News -

HIGH school stu­dents are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in the lives of griev­ing par­ents.

Wood­work­ing stu­dents from Carine Se­nior High School do­nated 38 mem­ory boxes they made to char­ity group Carolyn and the Com­mu­nity.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion is run by Kings­ley’s Carolyn Baird, whose years of sup­port through do­na­tions of care packs and toys to Perth Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal earned her a Medal of the Or­der of Aus­tralia last year.

She started the mem­ory boxes ini­tia­tive in Jan­uary, with men’s sheds in Stir­ling, Bal­catta and Capel mak­ing the wooden boxes.

“When a child passes away, a mem­ory box gets sent to the room of the par­ents,” she said.

In­side the box is an en­ve­lope to keep a lock of hair, casts for hand and foot­prints, a hand­made hand­ker­chief, poem and an item on which the doc­tors or nurses can write a mes­sage.

Ms Baird’s brother Brad, a former Carine SHS stu­dent, died of a brain tu­mour about 35 years ago at age 16.

Her mother Bev­er­ley Burt said she made her own ver­sion of a mem­ory box af­ter los­ing her son.

“We’re very proud of Carolyn and the mem­ory of Brad goes on and on with our fam­ily,” she said.

Ms Baird said she was in­spired by her brother’s mem­ory and aimed to show fam­i­lies they were not alone.

“Every­thing I do is from my heart,” she said.

“I’m very proud of what we have achieved as a com­mu­nity.”

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Year 8 stu­dents with de­sign and tech­nol­ogy teacher John Si­cil­iano and Sue Har­ris and Carolyn Baird, from Carolyn and the Com­mu­nity. Pic­ture: Martin Ken­nealey

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