Parramatta college’s food drive for homeless

Staff and students at Evocca College in Parramatta held a food drive to support a nearby service for homeless people.

Baskets of effort: Evocca College Parramatta students present their hampers for the homeless to Bishop Ronald Langham of Pingaree House in Carlingford.

Baskets of effort: Evocca College Parramatta students present their hampers for the homeless to Bishop Ronald Langham of Pingaree House in Carlingford.

The students created 11 large hampers of non-perishable foods and other household items through the drive held on April 17, which were delivered to Pingaree House in Carlingford.

The service provides crisis accommodation for those affected by financial loss, domestic violence, and gambling, alcohol or drug addictions.

The college’s community services tutor Raegan Seaton said the food drive was a rewarding experience for the students involved.

“It was also wonderful professional development for our community services students,’’ she said.

“We distributed letters to local supermarkets and organisations asking for donations and the response was overwhelming.

‘‘An entire room was filled with food items and Aldi and Woolworths donated vouchers allowing us to shop for more items.’’

Evocca College’s managing director Robert Gordon and Parramatta Lions Club also donated money to purchase hamper items.

Its community services branch offers diplomas in community services, counselling, and youth work.

The nationally-accredited registered training organisation also offers business, IT and multimedia courses.

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