Caversham boy ready to sock it to Perth’s homeless


Caversham resident Harper-Roy Abrahams.
Caversham resident Harper-Roy Abrahams.

A CAVERSHAM boy will be distributing more than 1104 pairs of new socks to homeless people this week, in a bid to help them stay warm this winter.

Harper-Roy Abrahams (6) spent his school holidays delivering copies of his letter, which calls on people to donate new socks for him to distribute to the Perth Homeless Support Group, to households in his area.

West Coast Eagles star Nic Naitanui also donated his playing socks, which Harper-Roy auctioned among his family and friends and spent the money received to buy more socks for his collection.

Harper-Roy said he started his mission four weeks ago, after thinking of what people might need to keep warm.

“I wanted to do something to help them,” he said.

“Ron and Michael at Perth Homeless Support Group are really nice and I want to work with them when I grow up.”

Harper-Roy’s letter.

Father Jarrod said it was important for kids to give back to the community.

“It helps develop a mind-set of helping others less fortunate and shows that even a simple initiative such as collecting socks can make a big difference to the homeless community,” he said.

“It’s just something Harper-Roy wanted to do and we helped facilitate and encourage him.

“Our experience is that many people want to help but don’t know how or where to start.”

Mother Chantell said she was proud of her son’s passion and determination.

“He spent every spare second of his school holidays delivering copies of his letters (and is still going) so we really appreciate all the support he has received,” she said.

“Last winter, Harper-Roy collected almost 300 blankets… we discovered Perth Homeless Support Group while looking for someone to help distribute the blankets.

“They then invited Harper-Roy to help give out food at Christmas time so he was able to meet almost 200 people who were living on the streets.”

Perth Homeless Support Group president Ron Reid encouraged more young people like Harper-Roy to get involved.

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