Bittersweet milestone in childhood poverty

Helen Barker (from left), Jenni Shepard, Rob Wark, Loretta Harnett, Derryck and Jackie Klarkowski at We Care Connect

We Care Connect has reached a major milestone by supporting more than 10,000 local children with provision of quality preloved children’s essentials to families who need them most.

Founder and CEO, Derryck Klarkowski said that the volunteers passed on gifts from the community, such as clothing, cots, car seats and other nursery items, to disadvantaged families and to help restore their dignity.

“For We Care Connect, the milestone is bittersweet,” he said.

“By reaching this number, it only re-emphasises exactly why they exist – the appalling poverty that exists on the Central Coast that is often hidden.

“However, there are a number of reasons to celebrate, especially the exceptional level of community generosity to donate enough items to support 10,000 kids, with more than 312,000 items donated over the past six years.

“We have a wonderful volunteer workforce who sort, pack and prepare the bundles for disadvantaged children.

“There’s more than 50 volunteers who regularly pack and prepare bundles for up to 200 children each month,” Klarkowski said.

Volunteers from We Care Connect were joined by a number of community supporters to celebrate their work, including the Wyong Rugby League Club Group, Inner Wheel group from North Gosford, representatives from Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation and Federal Member for Dobell, Emma McBride.

For more information about We Care Connect, what they can accept, and where to drop items off, go to their website

Sue Murray