St Maria Goretti Catholic School students make up comfort packs for Constable Care program


Karen Wellman, Constable Care and St Maria Goretti Catholic School students.
Karen Wellman, Constable Care and St Maria Goretti Catholic School students.

STUDENTS at the St Maria Goretti Catholic School in Redcliffe have been busy making 22 comfort packs for the Constable Care program.

A total of 270 students from kindy to Year 6 have donated brand-new, age-appropriate items for children aged six to 10 who have had to leave their homes due to abuse, neglect or crisis situations such as road accidents or catastrophic fires.

Parents and friends association vice-president Karen Wellman said the school became involved in the program after a parent saw a post on social media from another school that had recently donated to it.

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“They challenged other schools to match their contribution and we are always looking for new ways to give back to the community,” Ms Wellman said.

“We were also keen to get the students involved in the program as much as possible, as we felt it was a good opportunity for their own awareness and development.”

Ms Wellman said the students brought in their donations and helped pack bags during their lunch break.

“We invited the children to consider what items they would like to receive in the bag if they didn’t have a home to go to one night,” she said.

“The children enjoyed choosing the items for the bags with this in mind, especially the toys and books.”

Constable Care chief executive David Gribble said when children went into crisis care, it was often under traumatic circumstances, and with such urgency that they were unable to take even the basic essentials with them.

“Children are often distressed and in need of immediate support to improve their welfare and wellbeing,” Mr Gribble said.