Narooma High’s Year 7 students are extending a hand to those in need.
The ‘Links to Learning’ girls’ group have come up with an initiative they have called ‘Bags 4 the Brave’.
The girls are creating bags for people in need that will be distributed locally through Narooma’s St Vincent de Paul and Red Cross.
They are appealing to the public to step up and fill an unused bag with hygiene items (i.e. soap, brush, tooth brush, tooth paste, shampoo, conditioner), practical items (i.e. drink bottle, note book and pen, gift vouchers, towel), educational items (i.e. pens, pencils) and something to build spirits (i.e. chocolate, tea bags, make up, jewellery, toys).
The bag also contains a card of hope from the bag creator to the bag recipient.
The creator can decide whom they would like to target the bag at, whether it be a man, woman, teen or child in need.
Links to Learning Program Facilitator Julia Willson from the Southern Region Business Enterprise Centre said she was very proud of the girls.
“To help a person in need is one of the most powerful things we can do,” Ms Wilson said.
“And in turn it makes us feel good.
“The girls are so compassionate and driven for our cause, so I really hope the community sees the value in what they are doing, and choose to create a bag for a local in need.”
Narooma’s St Vincent de Paul’s President Bill Clarke is hugely impressed by the girls’ idea and drive for the project.
“We are very appreciative – there’s no question there’s a need for this,” he said.
“We are presented with more and more homeless people, who are in real financial difficulties.
“It will give them access to luxuries and items they couldn’t afford.”
Julie Kirk, Red Cross Regional Operations Manager in Narooma was also supportive.
“I am delighted to be a part of a project empowering young women whilst also giving back to our community,” she said.
Narooma High’s Principal John Melville said the initiative was a source of pride for the whole school.
“The school is proud of the work done by the Links to Learning girls,” he said.
“They are a group of girls that want to make a difference in people’s lives.
“This initiative is one that will certainly lift the spirits of people not so fortunate as others.
“Great work Julia and team.”
If you would like to create a bag or have some items to donate, please drop off at the school or contact Program Facilitator Julia Willson on 0439 013 562