COMO Primary School student Lachlan Bell took matters into his own hands when he saw people living on the street in the city.
The Kensington resident (8) set up his own charity Lach’s Socks last year, which encourages people to donate socks that then go to the homeless.
“I noticed it was very rainy and cold and I thought they needed food, socks and medical things,” he said.
After receiving support from family and friends, Lachlan is looking to get more support.
He has raised $1000 so far, which has been used to purchase socks, and footy boots and equipment.
The boots and items have gone to the charity Luke’s Boots for the Outback, which help kids in remote communities.
“The kids need the shoes because they play on hot sand,” he said.
“I went into my dad’s office with a tin and people donated to me.”
Lachlan’s mum Samantha Duhamel said her son had exhausted donations from the family’s networks and was calling on more people to help.
“The socks will be donated to the homeless during an upcoming Salvation Army Soup Run, where Lachlan will be able to see the faces of the people he is helping,” she said.
Lachlan is currently training for the City to Surf, where he will run 4km to raise more money for his charity.
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Lachlan has collected 156 pairs of socks for the homeless, and will soon be distributing them at an upcoming Salvation Army Soup Run.
In addition, Lachlan has collected 270 pairs of children’s socks and 42 pairs of new boots for Luke’s Boots for the Outback.