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St Mary’s students reaching out

Year 3 class at St Mary's with their removal cartons of items

Helpers: Year 3 class at St Mary’s Primary School, Rockhampton filled 21 removal cartons with good quality clothing, sheets, towels, non-perishable food items and toiletries for the homeless.

MAKING a difference to people experiencing homelessness has motivated a Year 3 class at St Mary’s Primary School, Rockhampton to dig deep and donate an astonishing amount of essential items for Rockhampton Regional Council’s Homeless Connect event to be held in Rockhampton on July 26.

It took under a fortnight for this class of 27 generous students to fill 21 removal cartons with good quality clothing, sheets, towels, non-perishable food items and toiletries.

Class teacher Ruth Coughlan said the school had received an email from the council asking for donations for the Homeless Connect appeal.

“I gave the children a challenge to fill five Gorman’s Removalist boxes in eight days and they filled them in three days. And the donations just kept coming,” Mrs Coughlan said.

“Gorman’s Removalists generously donated the boxes for the students to fill and it became a real labour of love for the students and their families. Their generosity is simply amazing.”

The donations have been forwarded to Homeless Connect to provide people experiencing homelessness with essential items.

The event also coordinates a range of agencies and services to be on hand to provide advice and assistance to people who need them most.

Catholic Education diocesan director Leesa Jeffcoat, who coincidentally is a past student of St Mary’s, said the students’ generosity was a tangible expression of mercy in action and a true reflection of the traditions of the school which was founded by the Sisters of Mercy over 100 years ago.

“The students of St Mary’s have responded to those in need in the wider community and their families have responded tremendously in support,” Miss Jeffcoat said.

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