Parade college students packing goodies for foster kids


Former AFL footballer Digby Morrell joins students packing goodies for foster kids


STUDENTS at Bundoora’s Parade College are helping ensure foster children have all the essentials.


The college’s Eddie’s Backpacks program, now in its fifth year, provides hundreds of bags filled with useful and easy-to-transport items to the Foster Care Association of Victoria. Program co-ordinator and PE teacher Digby Morrell, a former AFL player, said this year’s goal was 600 backpacks.


“There are about 3500 foster kids in Victoria each year and we’ve given a total of about 1000 backpacks to the FCAV over the past five years,” Mr Morrell said. “This year will be our biggest yet.”


He said the school collected items for foster girls and boys aged up to 16 years.


“Anything to make the kids’ life more comfortable: pyjamas, books, a night light, pencils and colouring-in books, socks, photo frames, sanitary items, make-up, toothbrushes. Just anything that fits into a backpack and a foster kid might need,” he said.


A former teacher at the college, Darryl Cruz, began the program after fostering children and being shocked by how little they had.


To donate items to Eddie’s Backpacks, named after a central figure in the school’s history, Edmund Rice, click here to email Mr Morrell.


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