Mercy College: grand decision to help grandparents raising grandchildren

Mercy College students with the hampers and toys they collected through the PaMa Chi Shop.
Mercy College students with the hampers and toys they collected through the PaMa Chi Shop.

KOONDOOLA students recently donated 15 hampers and toys to grandparents and children.

Mercy College students Noah Pemberton, Jennifer Huynh, Ahlawn Kengmual, Steven Tran, Amy Nguyen and Jasmine Huynh founded the PaMa Chi Grandparents Shop, based on an idea presented by Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren WA.

The group represents grandparents who are struggling to raise their grandchildren and using their pensions to provide them with basic necessities.

The PaMa Chi group came up with ideas to help, which they then proposed to the leadership team of Mercy College.

They raised $600 to buy toys and treats for grandchildren and held a morning tea on December 4 to hand the donations over.

The Year 11 business management and enterprise students raised $1175.55 for the PaMaChi Grandparents shop as well.

“Though what we have accomplished seems so small, I feel like we have come closer to achieving much more in helping both the grandparents and the grandchildren,” Jennifer said.

“I really feel like this group, the PaMa Chi Grandparents Shop, will be able to achieve a lot of good,” Noah said.