Corbett Service Initiative: Operation Sunshine
In our year of Service, Corbett House has developed a relationship with Western Australian charity Operation Sunshine WA. This volunteer-run charity provides care packs for children and young people going into out-of-home care. The sunshine packs include age and gender appropriate essentials and comfort items. The initiative has extended to support children and teens escaping family and domestic violence. Each year, the organisation also has a Christmas appeal where they provide gifts for kids in care or in crisis across Western Australia.
During Pastoral Care Time this term, the girls have discussed the sunshine pack and why it is important for students moving into foster care. The groups brainstormed ideas around the types of things someone may appreciate receiving in one of these packs.
Year 7 – 12 Corbett Homerooms were allocated an age group and gender. The girls then bought in donations to create the packs. Students sourced books, plush toys, clothing, toiletries and educational supplies. These were packed into 18 backpacks ready for delivery.
Corbett leaders Mia Fogden and Lucy Collins and House Coordinator Rosie Brady hope to deliver the items in the coming weeks.
Operation Sunshine WA founder Leah Atkinson was driven to start the organisation after spending time in care herself during early childhood. “Many (children) arrive with little or no belongings, and the packs help to preserve their dignity and make them feel less isolated.”, said Leah
Did you know approximately 1,100 children enter out of home care in WA each year?
Well done to everyone in Corbett House for this great initiative and for making a real difference in these kids’ lives.