Plentiful pasta for starters

Lachlan Quartermaine (9) surrounded by pasta and socks he is donating to a charity. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d402839
Lachlan Quartermaine (9) surrounded by pasta and socks he is donating to a charity. Picture: Marcus Whisson www.communitypix.com.au d402839

The South Ballajura Primary School Year 4 student has been collecting socks and packets of pasta for the past few months, following a conversation with his mum about how he could help others.

Mrs Quartermaine said while talking to her son about where clothes she had collected were going ” she was donating them to the Good Samaritans ” he decided he wanted to do more.

‘I explained the process and he said ‘well I want to help people so what can I do’,’ she said.

‘I told him there were lots of different charities and he said ‘I don’t want to give people money because they could just spend it but I want to help someone’.’

Mrs Quartermaine said a phone call to volunteer-run charity Manna Inc informed her that there was a great need for pasta and socks so her son set about organising a sock and pasta drive.

‘Manna Inc said they fed up to 240 people a night, six nights a week and three of those nights pasta they cooked pasta,’ she said. ‘The other thing they needed especially during winter months were socks so he just started asking everybody.

‘We are part of the WA Sled Dogs Sports Association and he asked them if they would help so they donated; he is also part of the Morley Boys Brigade and they too donated.

‘His school donated, his birthday party even had a paying it forward theme with guests also donating socks and pasta to the cause ” it’s been a huge effort.’

Lachlan said he was now looking forward to seeing his sock and pasta drive go full circle when he meets some of Perth’s homeless later this week.

‘I am excited I because I have seen lots of homeless people in the city and they have less than us and I want to try to help them and do it every year,’ he said.

To donate to Manna Inc visit mannainc.com.au. Belinda Cipriano