Edgewater Girl Guides offer support to Perth homeless

Edgewater Sunshine Girl Guides members with their donated items.
Edgewater Sunshine Girl Guides members with their donated items.

A GROUP of northern suburbs children have spent the past couple of months knitting blankets and collecting items to help those less fortunate.

As part of achieving their advocacy badge, seven to nine-year-olds from Edgewater Sunshine Girl Guides knitted squares for blankets to send to girl guides in Nepal.

“Teaching seven-year-old girls knitting is an absolute feat,” unit leader Clare Calogero said.

“But it was about helping other people with a new skill they have learned.”

The girls also collected items to donate to Perth Homeless Support Group, accruing several boxes worth of toiletries, food, blankets and socks.

“They were doing good deeds and instead of getting pocket money, getting a bar of soap or some kind of toiletries,” Ms Calogero said.

“They’re only just realising that young kids can be homeless with their parents too.”

Janette Henry from Perth Homeless Support Group visited the guides last month to accept the donations.

“They told me of their experiences when they have seen a homeless person and asked questions about homelessness and why people become homeless,” she said.

“Some of the questions were quite grown up for their ages and I am so happy I was able to receive the donations from such a wonderful group.”