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Love is bigger than sandpit toys


A group of Early Years children from Galilee Catholic Primary School have won the hearts of many with their generosity and kindness to those in need.

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Earlier this year the children noticed how much fruit was falling from the trees in the South Coast school’s small orchard, known as the ‘secret garden’.

They decided to make jam from the produce with half of the profits going to charity and half for new sandpit toys.

They harvested and prepared the fruit and designed the final packaging before selling it to parents before school.

When the COVID-19 crisis unfolded, the children were so upset about people who were struggling in the community that they decided to donate all of the money to Vinnies and go without the new toys.

Their proud teachers, Rebecca Little, Rebekah Gregory and Fern Nizzola, produced a short video of the children talking about their project and shared it on Facebook as part of Catholic Education Week which had the theme of ‘Raising Hearts and Minds’.

The heart-warming words and vision of some of the youngest members of the Galilee community have been viewed by more than 1350 people so far.

“They are truly an amazing bunch of children who I feel very privileged and proud to teach,” said Rebecca Little.

“We wanted to share the children’s generosity and kindness in reaching out to those in need.

“They did all the hard work to make the money because they really wanted new sandpit toys but were able to see that there were people that needed things in our community.”

The response from families and the wider Galilee community has been very positive and local Vinnies conference chair Mario Bachin sent an email to the children thanking them for their donation.

The video can be viewed at the school’s Facebook page:


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