Helping homeless is what drives local Aquinas boy

Kynan Chesterton accepts his award from Sue Pember and Michael Piu .
Kynan Chesterton accepts his award from Sue Pember and Michael Piu .

AQUINAS College student Kynan Chesterton is eagerly awaiting his 13th birthday, though it is not for any reason you might think.

The charitable Year 7 student said he was looking forward to becoming a teen early next year because he would finally have reached the minimum age to volunteer in the kitchen at St Pat’s in Fremantle.

“Once I turn 13 I will be old enough to help preparing breakfasts for homeless people so I am looking forward to doing that,” he said.

And while he is yet to hit his teens, Kynan has proved no stranger to homeless charitable work after being awarded for his continuing dedication last week.

St Patrick’s Community Centre awarded Kynan a Junior Supporter Award for his dedication to helping homeless people through his fundraising ventures for Street Swags.

To raise money for the swags, Kynan organised the annual Dads and Kids Camp Out at his former school, Mel Maria Catholic Primary, charging for tent sites and also raising money through a bacon and egg roll breakfast at the event.

In the past three years, Kynan and participants have raised enough money to supply 45 swags to Fremantle’s homeless through St Pat’s.

He said it was exciting to fundraise when money went to such a worthy cause and he was looking forward to doing more to help the homeless.

“The sleepouts are fun and we are hoping to organise some sleepouts at other schools next year,” he said.