School gets into the spirit
Saturday, 5th December, 2020
By Emily Ferguson
Alma Public School have stepped into the festive season by giving presents to Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast for local children in need, in lieu of the usual Ulysses Toy Run.
Alma Public School Teacher and SRC Coordinator, Brady Prescott said this is an annual thing the school does and they wanted to continue the tradition.
“It’s the gift of giving, we do our part to help Broken Hill and everyone else so we do the best that we can and give the gifts,” said Ms Prescott.
“The students love it, they know that Christmas is a time of giving and they get their presents so if we can help a family out and help Broken Hill out then they are totally on board about it.”
When it came to selecting the presents to donate the students expressed what gifts they would be interested in receiving and they then found things that would be appealing to other families and make a good gift.
Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast’s Finance Manager Kylie Dines said it was an awesome donation and the local Lifeline team were very excited about it.
“So normally the Ulysses toy run would be on but that’s not going this year due to COVID so the help is just excellent because we were going to struggle without the toy run but knowing that Alma has helped us out that’s an awesome job.”
All toys donated to Lifeline will be distributed to local families.
“We have a form at work so families can come in with their Centrelink cards and put down their children’s names, ten years and under and we have a collection date and they come down and get a big bag of brand new toys for the children that they’ve registered,” said Ms Dines.
“Any help is always good because every year it gets bigger, already we’ve got 49 families already registered in Broken Hill and we’ve only just opened it, it goes until the 18th of December,” she said.
“Normally we do gifts for about 600 to 700 kids just in Broken Hill, because we do Wilcannia and Menindee as well.”
Lifeline Broken Hill Country to Coast’s Referral Support Meg Kelly said the Ulysses Motorcycle Club usually do the toy run as a big event.
“Sometimes they’d have 80 riders and they’d go around to all the collection points around town, so for us to come out to Alma today is really good.”
Anyone from the community is able to donate presents to Lifeline for local families in need, gifts can be dropped into the Lifeline office at 194 Argent Street or if you have items to donate but require them to be picked up give the office a call on 8087 7525.