A 13-YEAR-old Sacred Heart College student is helping improve the quality of life for the homeless for the fifth consecutive year.
Last month, students, parents and volunteers gathered at the Sorrento school to pack 1500 care bags to donate to Perth charities.
Vincent Pettinicchio started the initiative when he was eight years old and since then has helped thousands of people in need.
With the support of the local community, schools, the Rotary Club of Hillarys and WA Charity Direct, 4075 people have been helped.
This year’s participating schools included Whitfords Catholic, St Kieran Catholic, Greenwood, Ocean Reef, St Dominic’s and St John’s primary schools, Mater Dei and Prendiville Catholic colleges, Broome Girls Academy, St Mary’s Primary School in Broome and Concord Public School in NSW.
“It’s a huge effort to transport all the goods to the college and coordinate the volunteers to pack the 1500 care packs but it is an absolute pleasure to hear from the charities who receive them,” Sacred Heart College social justice administrative assistant Rossana Hywood said.
“It makes a real difference to people to know that someone cares about them.”
This year 22 charities will receive the donations.