Emmanuel Catholic College students support those doing it tough


Children, Family and Community class students with some of the blankets donated to St Vincent de Paul Society.
Children, Family and Community class students with some of the blankets donated to St Vincent de Paul Society.

BLANKETS, clothes, care packages, food and money have been donated to homeless people and local not-for-profit organisations by Emmanuel Catholic College.

Students from the Year 12 Children, Family and Community class were asked to think up ways they could support those doing it rough as part of its advocacy project.

Home economics co-ordinator Deborah Barraclough said students asked local businesses for donations, placed call outs on social media, phoned family and friends, rang charitable organisations and advertised the cause throughout the school.

One group even wrote to the Prime Minister.

Their efforts resulted in blankets and warm clothing being donated to St Vincent de Paul Society and 50 care packages handed to those doing it tough, with the help of the Salvation Army.

Soup was made for the St Patrick’s Community Support Centre and $700, raised during a school sausage sizzle, was donated to Manna Kitchen.

“I was extremely proud of the student’s commitment and enthusiasm for this task,” Ms Barraclough said.

“Not only did they help many charities they also gave a voice to a cause that can often be forgotten.”

About 9500 Western Australians are homeless, according to Homelessness Australia.