Coomera Anglican College (CAC) students recently donated books to Gold Coast charity St John’s Crisis Centre so families in need have books to read over Christmas.
St John’s Crisis Centre is a charity based in Surfers Paradise which helps families in crisis, including people escaping domestic violence and their children, people sleeping rough and people who need mental health support.
People facing all kinds of hardship and from all walks of life enter the centre’s doors daily, where they are helped based on their level of need, with over 100 meals provided per day.
CAC Primary Librarian Barbara Wellham said that diverse titles were donated to the centre so that families had books to read over the Christmas period.
“We wanted to donate part of the commission the College receives from the sales generated by students and their families to the St John’s Crisis Centre in Surfers Paradise because the centre does amazing things to help families in need,” Mrs Welham said.
“There were lots of very popular current titles of picture, fiction, and non-fiction books that were donated.
“The total value of the donated books was approximately six hundred and twenty dollars, which will go to families just in time for Christmas.
“The students of Coomera Anglican College Primary campus are aware of, and grateful for, their access to a great range of literature and hope that families in need will enjoy reading the donated books.”
Primary College Captains Nea Fernandes and Rio Reynolds said that they hoped the books would help the recipient children to learn and grow creatively.
“Books help us to imagine and children from families in need also need the opportunity to read and use their imagination to flourish just like us,” Nea said.
“We hope giving books to children from families in need will help them learn and be creative in their everyday lives – it was great to give popular new books to children who might not be able to access these books themselves,” Rio said.
Nea and Rio recently presented the books to St John’s Crisis Centre President Clive Haddow in person.