John Wollaston Anglican Community School kick start food drive to help homeless in Perth


Dixie Williams, Amber Nagel (seated), Mikaylah Pfeiffer, Rylee Hancock, Charlotte Adams, Reese Hancock, Angus Shore, Shianne Peck with some of the food they have donated to the St George’s Cathedral food drive. Picture: Robin Kornet. d454702
Dixie Williams, Amber Nagel (seated), Mikaylah Pfeiffer, Rylee Hancock, Charlotte Adams, Reese Hancock, Angus Shore, Shianne Peck with some of the food they have donated to the St George’s Cathedral food drive. Picture: Robin Kornet. d454702

STUDENTS from the John Wollaston Anglican Community School have started a food drive to help feed homeless people in the Perth CBD.

The Kelmscott school is supporting the program that is being run from the St George’s Cathedral, after becoming aware of the need to help out in February.

Chaplain Dave Deeny said one of the pastoral roles of the cathedral was to provide food to the needy.

“We became aware through one of our colleagues at the school, who has worked as a verger at the cathedral, there are times when they run out of donated food,” he said.

“They then have to buy it in so that they can help anyone who goes there seeking assistance in the form of food.”

Reverend Deeny said the demand for the food had provided an opportunity to put the school’s Christian ethos into action and start a collection program.

“We wanted to support the work done by St George’s Cathedral in the CBD in providing for the less fortunate in our city,” he said.

“Students and staff at John Wollaston were excited by this initiative and large quantities of food started to roll in.”

He said the Dean of Perth, Reverend Richard Pengelley, has been grateful to receive support from the school.

“The number of people seeking food at the cathedral varies from 25 to 30 a day in summer and about 10 a day in winter,” he said.

The cathedral provides the food free of charge and with no conditions attached.

The school’s involvement in the program will continue for as long as it is needed.