Warnbro and Port Kennedy school kids aim to restore homeless’ dignity


Jonathan Shapiera, Max Jackson, Val Lee and Owen Farmer with donated goods.
Picture: Jon Hewson                                                                                                      www.communitypix.com.au             d462602
Jonathan Shapiera, Max Jackson, Val Lee and Owen Farmer with donated goods. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d462602

SCHOOL children in the Warnbro and Port Kennedy areas have pitched in to donate food hampers for homeless people this Christmas.

National charity Share the Dignity last week gave 50 pre-loved handbags filled with sanitary products to local advocates Jonathan Shapeira and Owen Farmer to distribute to homeless women.

The school hampers are being collected by the Port Kennedy Lions Club as part of its annual long-running Christmas campaign.

“The schools collect boxes of non-perishable food and we come and collect them which is absolutely terrific,” club member Max Jackson said.

“It is important that young people get to see what’s going on and it gives us an opportunity to tell them what we’ve been doing.”

Mr Farmer said the hampers would relieve a lot of stress for people on the streets.

“It opens up doors for my homeless people and it’s my brothers and sisters who are doing it tough on the streets,” he said.

“I want to thank the children for donating the food from the bottom of my heart.”

The schools taking part are the Living Waters Lutheran College and the Warnbro, Koorana, Port Kennedy, Endeavour and Rockingham Lakes primary schools.

Meanwhile, Fremantle volunteer with Share the Dignity Jan Gale travelled down to Rockingham to hand over the bags.

“At Christmas this year a lot of children would be getting presents,” she said.

“But mums and women were missing out so that’s why the in-the-bag campaign came about.

“We’ve asked people to donate a second-hand bag and just pop in some sanitary products, shampoo and conditioner and maybe a little note to say that you’re very much loved and we’re thinking of you at Christmas time.”

For further details visit sharethedignity.com.au.