Childcare donates to welfare league

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: GoodStart Early Learning Centre children Mia, Dallas, Hallie, Jace and Lara showcase the donations which will be presented to the South East Animal Welfare League.

Charlotte Varcoe

COMMUNITY spirit continues to be at the forefront of GoodStart Learning Centre following a pet food drive to donate to the South East Animal Welfare League.

Children at the centre participated in a week of exciting activities where they learnt how to take care of cats and dogs before each producing a painting for the centre’s Art Show.

Friends and family donated pet food for entrance to the show with some attendees also purchasing the children’s paintings to raise further funds for the league.

GoodStart Early Learning Centre assistant director Emma Heaver said staff dedicated the fundraiser to the league following the children’s love for the centre’s pet hermit crabs.

“The overall donations were absolutely fantastic because there were some families that donated large bags of dog food and other things,” Ms Heaver said.

“It is lovely because it also raises awareness that people don’t have to donate just money to the league, they are able to purchase an extra bag of pet food when they are doing their shopping and donate it when they can.”

Ms Heaver said the support from the children’s family and friends was overwhelming with children now having community charities in front of mind.

“Alongside educating children about how to look after their pets this type of activity also keeps the community at the front of their minds and their family’s mind,” she said.

“The more people who are aware of these types of things the more they are willing to help in the future and the league is such a wonderful initiative because pets do give such wonderful company to many.”

Staff, children and parents will travel to the welfare league tomorrow (Saturday) to officially hand over the donated goods while also learning more about the league’s operations.