Disabled children help others

Sir David Brand School students, from left, Ben Gray, Matthew Jones, Stephanie Ottobrino, Kaitlyn McNamee, Joshua Woods and Hanjala Islam [NAMES OK]
Sir David Brand School students, from left, Ben Gray, Matthew Jones, Stephanie Ottobrino, Kaitlyn McNamee, Joshua Woods and Hanjala Islam [NAMES OK]

The students, who have significant disabilities, walked and traveled in wheelchairs around Yokine Reserve to raise the funds.

The money raised will go towards enabling two education assistants from a school for students with disabilities in Kirabati, an island that is being affected by rising sea levels, to travel to Perth.

Principal Eve Lucas said the assistants would spend two weeks at Sir David Brand School learning techniques and collecting resources to take back to their own school.

She said money raised so far would enable one teacher assistant to travel to Perth, but she was still hoping to raise more money to enable second teacher to come to the school.

‘We’re just a small school and in this school a lot of people pity the kids, so we thought it might be good for our kids to help other kids as well as a part of their social justice,’ she said.

‘We can help them with teaching and resources to take back to their school which is attended by about 100 students.

‘The parents don’t earn a lot of money and have to pay for their kids to attend, and only the principal has training in teaching children with disabilities.

‘So for me, this initiative is about kids helping kids.’

The school in Kirabati is also fundraising.

To donate to the initiative, call 9271 3576.