Students team up with healthcare provider to help vulnerable

Students from a Lake Macquarie primary school recently brought smiles to the faces of some of their most vulnerable community members through a care package initiative spearheaded by the school’s Student Representative Council (SRC).

Eleebana Public School students teamed up with ATUNE health centres, an integrated medical centre that delivers GP and allied health services, to deliver over 200 care packages to people in need throughout the community.

“Everyone on the SRC thought it was a great idea to help people who are vulnerable because of the coronavirus,” said Eleebana student Ned.

A team of 15 ATUNE staff worked with the school students, raising approximately $5,000 worth of goods to deliver to clients from aged care facilities and nursing homes who were identified as extremely vulnerable during the COVID -19 lockdown and beyond.

Sanitarium donated 8,160 serves of Weet-Bix, So Good and Peanut Butter for the care packages, which were accompanied by heart-warming cards made by the students.

Eleebana Public School Principal Lucinda Farrell explained that the SRC, which is tasked with improving the school and its broader community, collectively wanted to do something to help people affected by COVID-19.

“Eleebana is known for community projects and thinking beyond the school fence, and I think getting involved in causes like this is incredibly beneficial for our kids, in making them future citizens,” she explained. “It was great to be involved in something that was so hands-on. The kids were a part of it from start to finish.”

ATUNE Founder and Managing Director Simon Ashley thanked Sanitarium for our donation and the students at the school for embracing the initiative.

“It’s so important for kids at this time to be giving back to the community and those who are vulnerable,” he said.

The care packages have helped people like Rikki Lynch, an 81-year-old who been housebound due to accident last year. She is isolated and frail, but full of life.

“A simple card from a 7-year-old, a few essentials and a loving smile is all it took to brighten her day. Sometimes it’s the simple things,” said Simon.

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