Ballajura Childcare Centre students launch winter appeal

Ballajura Childcare Centre students Rylee Smith (3), Georgia Madison (3), Abel McMahon (3) and Leon Morgan (3).
Ballajura Childcare Centre students Rylee Smith (3), Georgia Madison (3), Abel McMahon (3) and Leon Morgan (3).

THREE-year-old students from Ballajura Childcare Centre are collecting food cans and blankets for those in need this winter as part of two appeals.

The centre has collected eight boxes of goods so far for Foodbank WA and the Perth Homeless Support Group from parents and residents in the Ballajura area for more than two weeks.

The initiative stemmed from a student’s drawing of homeless people and called on people with money to help them by giving food.

Centre manager Amanda Andrew said while the centre did other charity events, it was the first time the centre took part in winter appeals.

“The Perth Homeless Support Group has 150 to 180 homeless people every Sunday go to the State Library to get collections from them, so that is why we wanted to do things for them as well,” she said.

“We want them (students) to learn empathy and compassion for other people; we are very big on them working together as a team.

“They have come up with an idea that really promotes that sense of community.”

She said people could drop off goods before the centre distributed them on June 28.

Foodbank WA chief executive Greg Hebble said Foodbank WA was thrilled to have the centre join the school food appeal this year.

“To hear that the students have taken such a keen interest in the issue of hunger in our community and that they have wanted to do something about it is very heart-warming,” he said.

For more information, call the centre on 9249 2670 or visit it at 118 Illawarra Crescent, Ballajura.