Dandelions WA’s new ‘Kindness Kubby’ in Malaga is providing some much-needed space for the preparation of thousands of essential kits delivered throughout Western Australia to those in the community who need a helping hand.
East Metropolitan MLC and Opposition Community Services spokeswoman Donna Faragher recently visited Dandelions WA’s new home with some donations for kits being prepared by the charity for children at Perth Children’s Hospital.
“Dandelions WA is a wonderful organisation making a difference every day and are very worthy winners of the 2023 7News RAC Local Champions Award,” Mrs Faragher said.
“This 100 percent volunteer-based charity supports Western Australians in many ways including the preparation and delivery of hospital kits for members of the community who arrive at hospital without essential items, Christmas gift packs and ‘Kindness Kits’ for children and their families.
“Their ‘Back to School’ backpacks have now become a significant part of their work throughout the year and their upcoming ‘Back to School 2024’ campaign is expected to exceed previous years.”
Mrs Faragher said the charity’s aim was to ensure every child at the start of the school year had all the stationery and other necessary items needed to enable them to enter their classroom with confidence.
“In 2021, Dandelions WA produced 220 school backpacks containing new stationery, a library bag, lunch box and water bottle.
“In 2023, nearly 7000 backpacks were delivered ahead of the school year and in 2024 the charity is expecting to prepare and deliver more than 10,000 backpacks across the state.
“The ‘Back to School’ campaign is a really important initiative and has enabled many students to receive, for the first-time, items that are brand-new and especially for them,” Mrs Faragher said.
Dandelions WA co-founder Vicky Young said the power of a backpack should not be underestimated, and said the group is always looking for assistance whether that be the donation of goods, volunteering, or monetary support.
If community members would like to support their 2024 ‘Back to-School’ campaign or to provide assistance for any other request click here.