Mandurah Bridge to shine for Save the Children

Long-time Save the Children volunteer, the late Erica Becker, with member Robyn Brown.
Long-time Save the Children volunteer, the late Erica Becker, with member Robyn Brown.

MANDURAH Bridge will glow in Save the Children’s colours of red and white from sunset to sunrise on Wednesday, March 27 to celebrate the organisation’s milestones.

Eglantyne Jebb founded Save the Children 100 years ago.

She was a teacher in the UK and appalled by the starvation of children during World War I.

Together with her sister Dorothy Buxton, the Save the Children Fund in England was established in April 1919.

In 1923, she wrote the first draft of the Declaration of the Rights of the Child adopted by the UN in 1959 and which inspired the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1989.

In December 1990, Australia ratified The Rights of the Child.

Today, Save the Children reaches more than 49 million children in 117 countries and hosts programs in 200 locations across Australia, focusing on health, education, child protection, emergencies, climate change adaption and disaster risk reduction.

On March 27, 1961, the Mandurah branch was founded by local resident Helen Chapman.

The late Erica Becker started volunteering for Save the Children in 1955, and shaped the heart and soul of the branch.

Since then, volunteers have worked tirelessly to raise funds for under-privileged children, locally and internationally.