Book appeal for Perth families in crisis

The Spiers Centre chief executive Gaelle Gouillou and community support officer Leanne Durie with Children’s Book Council of Australia WA member Gail Spiers. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493419
The Spiers Centre chief executive Gaelle Gouillou and community support officer Leanne Durie with Children’s Book Council of Australia WA member Gail Spiers. Picture: Martin Kennealey www.communitypix.com.au d493419

FAMILIES in crisis will receive children’s books as part of The Spiers Centre’s Bedtime Bundles Appeal.

The Heathridge centre recently received 173 books for the appeal from the Children’s Book Council of Australia WA branch through the Penny Hutchens Memorial Fund.

The books were delivered by branch members Chloe Mauger and Gail Spiers, who is the great-granddaughter of Frances ‘Fanny’ Spiers after whom The Spiers Centre was named.

Frances and James Spiers at Martin Hole Homestead on Central Avenue, Wanneroo (circa 1920s).

In the early days of Wanneroo, Fanny created an unofficial community centre at her home where everyone, including children, was welcome to pop in for a drink and something to eat.

“This gift of books honours two women who were valued in their communities – Fanny Spiers for her kind-hearted generosity in the early 1900s and Penny Hutchens who worked to put books into the hands of children in the 1970s,” Gail said.

The Spiers Centre is seeking donations of books to include in their Bedtime Bundles for children from families in crisis.

Visit www.thespierscentre.com.au or call 9401 2699.