AN 11-year-old boy has set out to prove there is no such thing as being ‘too young’ to help those in need.
Whitford Catholic Primary School student Vincent Pettinicchio has rallied his friends and local community together, collecting almost 1000 packs containing essentials like a blanket, pillow, towel and toiletries, which will be given to Perth,’s homeless.
Having run the drive for four years, the huge number of packs donated is a big improvement from his first drive, where he collected 185 packs.
Vincent said he already had his sights on collecting 1500 packs next year.
“I told mum that I wanted to keep going until we help all the homeless of Perth,” he said.
“It is important to help others because there are so many people that have less than we do.
“It is showing kindness to someone else, which makes them feel good but you will feel happy too.”
The packs will be distributed through local organisations St Patrick’s Community Centre, the Freo Street Doctor, the Australian Red Cross and St Vincent de Paul.
Black Swan Health executive director Terina Grace, whose organisation runs the Freo Street Doctor, said Vincent’s efforts would not go unnoticed in the community.
“Vincent’s generosity is inspiring and has provided assistance for such a vulnerable group of people who will be so appreciative of his efforts,” she said.
“We are thrilled to be able to take part in Vincent’s Project for the Homeless and continue to help Perth’s homeless.”
Visit www.facebook.com/vincentsprojectforthehomeless for more information on Vincent’s project.