Chidlow: Manna homing in on homelessness problem


Banjo and Marley Hewson with some of the goods going to not-for-profit group Manna to support
Homeless Week.
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Banjo and Marley Hewson with some of the goods going to not-for-profit group Manna to support Homeless Week. Picture: David Baylis d457661

CHIDLOW children affected by the sight of homeless people on the streets of Perth are appealing for donations.

Brothers Banjo (10) and Marley Hewson (8) asked their mother Rebecca to help them write a plea for help from students and parents of Chidlow Primary School.

In the letter, the boys encouraged families to bring in non-perishable food donations for a soup kitchen in the city centre.

Mrs Hewson said she was proud her sons had asked questions when they saw homeless people on the street.

“I said Homeless Week was coming up and they wanted to do something to help,” she said.

An obvious choice for the boys’ support was the soup kitchen called Manna, where their aunt Julie Hetherington helps prepare meals each week.

The not-for-profit group, which started with a pot of soup 20 years ago, now dishes up 90,000 bowls of soup, hot meals and desserts each year.

Mrs Hewson said Manna mostly needed donations of tinned tomato, packets of pasta and rice and men’s socks.

“The boys have collected more than 17 items so far and I’m sure many more will arrive by the end of the week,” she said.

Sawyers Valley Primary School and Woolworths Mundaring have thrown their weight behind the cause by offering to support the cause with donations.

The Hewson family will deliver donations left at Chidlow PS to Manna.