Hands up to help students


Sophie Fisher (8), Courtney Labrooy, Jayden Deters, Adam Deters and Chelle Fisher with some of the donated items. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d449097
Sophie Fisher (8), Courtney Labrooy, Jayden Deters, Adam Deters and Chelle Fisher with some of the donated items. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d449097

It was while covering her child’s school books three weeks ago she got the idea of doing a schoolbook appeal for those students affected by the fires.

She created a Facebook page called the Waroona Fires Back to School Kids Appeal, hoping a few family and friends would sign up.

Instead, 2500 people from not only WA, but all around the country, put their hands up to give something back.

Ms Fisher decided to create a school booklist of 52 items that people could donate to the impacted students, with Yarloop Primary School temporarily relocating to Harvey.

Last week, she said her home was like being in the middle of Officeworks because she had 16,000 items ready to truck down to the students in the South-West of WA.

“The last thing these parents were probably thinking about was covering their child’s school books,” she said.

“We are helping some people who don’t have a home and some who do but have had their business destroyed, so they are in a bad place financially.”

One of the helpers, Gosnells mother Claire Stubley, was down in Mandurah celebrating her birthday when the news of the fires broke.

Some of Ms Stubley’s family lost their homes in the blaze.

“I had direct family down there who have now relocated to Bunbury and Harvey,” she said. “Before I met Chelle, I took my daughter down with some of the firies and served them meals and drinks.”

The pair spent time last week packing boxes and drove 550km to collect items.

Many people from around the state collected items and sent them to drop-off points, where Ms Stubley and Ms Fisher went and picked them up.