A BUSINESS WOMEN’S group is pulling together to donate items such as soap and sanitary products to help high school students living out of home and doing it tough.
Bundaberg Business Women’s Network member Lorraine Trigg was shocked when she learned a growing number of Bundaberg region high school students were sometimes living without electricity or water as they struggled to keep up with their peers at school.
Mrs Trigg, who owns Andersons Curtains and Soft Furnishings, decided to recruit some friends to gather hygiene products to give the kids a helping hand.
“It started off with just three or four of us and then I decided to get the Bundaberg Business Women’s Network involved,” she said.
“It’s good because it is women helping women.”
To encourage donations Ms Trigg has set up a donation box at her Enterprise Street store so anyone can donate.
Once collected, Ms Trigg takes all the goods to Community Solutions youth support co-ordinator Becky Spruce, who works with students at Gin Gin and Kepnock high schools.
Ms Spruce said through her work with students, she began to notice that a number of them were moving between friends or in accommodation as poor as tents and sheds.
“If they are going from place to place at least they have a bag which they can call their own,” she said.
“If where they are doesn’t have showers, a lot of the schools do, so at least with this they can brush their teeth and wash their hair and feel clean before they go to school.”
Ms Spruce said colleagues had also noticed a similar trend of transient or homeless teens at other high schools in the region.
She said before she was put in contact with Ms Trigg and a Lioness Club she had been asking the Salvation Army and local businesses to help provide for the students.
She had also worked with the Christian Outreach Church to get food and food vouchers for the teens.
“Even something simple like having the right coloured shoes makes it easier because they don’t have the teacher asking why they don’t have them,” she said.
Anyone who wants to donate can do so at Andersons Curtains or by calling Ms Spruce on 4151 6155.
Shampoo and conditioner
Toothbrush and toothpaste
School items such as pens, paper, calculators
Clothes and school shoes