Goody bags will give kids a smile

HANNAH MCLEOD
Last updated 14:08 07/06/2013
Kayla Ross and Larissa Tyler
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HELPING HANDS: Kayla Ross, left, and Larissa Tyler, both 15, put together two of 80 backpacks being donated to Women’s Refuge for children who have to leave their homes unexpectedly.

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A group of high school students in Gore have filled 80 backpacks with supplies and goodies for children forced to go to Women's Refuge.

Foundation for Youth Development Project K is a programme for year 10 students from Gore High School.

Programme co-ordinator Jaime McCrostie said Project K aims to increase student's confidence and self-belief in their abilities.

Part of the programme is a 10-day community challenge, where the 12 students are asked to pick a community group they would like to support, she said.

This year, the group chose Women's Refuge and filled 80 backpacks with goodies for children who had to leave their homes unexpectedly and go to a Women's Refuge shelter.

The packs include toys, teddy bears, books, and essentials such as toothbrushes and shampoos.

"If a child must leave their home they have a bag that belongs to them," Miss McCrostie said.

She said drop-boxes had been put into schools, and residents and business owners had dropped off donations.

One of the students who helped organise this year's community challenge, Larissa Tyler, 15, said she had learned a lot, saying it had been "cool to help out kids that don't get much".

Another student involved, Kayla Ross, 15, said she just wanted to help kids who left home with nothing.

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