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School Gives A Helping Hand

Lending a hand to others: Ashlee Docking (Accordwest), Layne Devenish, Carol McEvoy (Accordwest), Sandra Bland (Accordwest), Alexis Galati and Bradley Sander. Photo: Supplied.

Representatives from Accordwest, Anglicare, the In-Town Lunch Centre, and the South West Refuge are set to benefit from donations made by Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School families.

Donations were collected as part of the School’s Impact Week, conducted at the end of Term Two.

The Helping Hands Group set up the donation collection.

The Keeping Bunbury Warm group – who knitted a large number of scarves, beanies, and arm-warmers during the week – made a significant donation.

The donated goods were shared with local charities on World Homelessness Day and Australian Homelessness Awareness Week.

“I really learnt that homeless people are not necessarily homeless because they don’t have a home,” Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School Year 9 student and Helping Hand Impact Group participant Layne Devenish said.
“It can be because they have been kicked out or feel unsafe.”

This group learnt more about homelessness in the Bunbury community and the organisations that provide support to them.

“People donating goods gets the word out. It enables us to do what we do,” Accordwest representative Ashlee Docking said.

“It was wonderful to hear the students’ experiences and that their perceptions have changed.”

Accordwest run 21 funded programs that provide a range of assistance programs from financial counselling and assistance to provision of emergency relief to people in need in the South West.

“We appreciate the donations of clothes, hygiene products and everyday items,” South West Refuge representative Margaret Davies said.

“We use them to create care packages that we give to women as they leave the refuge.”

Impact Week is run by Bunbury Cathedral Grammar School for Year 7, 8, and 9 students, providing them with the opportunity to be part of a project that will make a tangible impact on the local community.

This story first appeared in the Bunbury Mail.

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