Goodstart Early Learning centre's idea to help Aussie Diggers

HELPING OUT: Charlotte Hollier, Ally Tener and Sonny Kay with a care packages for an Australian Digger. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 041817pbgoodstart1
HELPING OUT: Charlotte Hollier, Ally Tener and Sonny Kay with a care packages for an Australian Digger. Photo: PHIL BLATCH 041817pbgoodstart1

SOME of Bathurst’s youngest community members are doing their bit to make Anzac Day a little brighter for Australian Diggers.

Goodstart Early Learning centre director Emma Kentwell said rather than just learn about Anzac Day, they thought they would help out some serving Diggers.

Staff and children in the centre’s toddler room have created 15 care packages with a range of goods in them that will now be sent to Diggers on deployment.

“Our children and families have been bringing in items we thought the soldiers would need,” Ms Kentwell said.

“They have also painted some poppies and given a little note to place in the box.”

The boxes contain a range of items including playing cards, shower gels, toothbrushes, chocolates and Anzac biscuits.

“Next week the children will be going on an excursion to the post office to post them,” Ms Kentwell said.

“We will also be educating the children about Anzac Day with an excursion to the [Bathurst] RSL Memorial Walk and walking in the Anzac [Day] parade.”

Ms Kentwell said the initiative has been so successful that they will expand it to all rooms in the centre next year.

She said the packages will be posted to the Defence Force and they will then be distributed to the Diggers.