Helping hand: Wollongbar Public School captain Jack McCabe (far left) organised an appeal for clothes, books and eyeglasses to be sent to Papua New Guinea. He is pictured with (from left) fellow captains Caylene Withers, Chloe Hughes, principal Jennifer Thomas and Nic Alcorn.
Helping hand: Wollongbar Public School captain Jack McCabe (far left) organised an appeal for clothes, books and eyeglasses to be sent to Papua New Guinea. He is pictured with (from left) fellow captains Caylene Withers, Chloe Hughes, principal Jennifer Thomas and Nic Alcorn. Doug Eaton

Jack's crusade against poverty

A SAILING holiday last year to the Louisiade Archipelago, south-east of the Papua New Guinea mainland, opened up young Jack McCabe’s eyes to poverty.

The 11-year-old Wollongbar Public School captain was determined he wanted to do something about it.

He was that motivated he made a promise to the school in his election speech for the captaincy that he would run an appeal to help the people of that region.

Putting some of our politicians to shame, he has now fulfilled his promise.

Jack spent several weeks sailing around Papua New Guinea waters last year.

He saw that the local kids had ‘virtually nothing’. “And their parents were struggling to feed them,” he said.

Over the last three weeks or so, Jack has been asking his peers and the broader school community to donate things like clothes, eyeglasses, books and sporting goods to be sent to the remote Papua New Guinea region.

By chance, the Youth With a Mission’s ship, the MV Pacific Link, is coming to Ballina on May 18.

The Christian organisation’s vessel is en route to Papua New Guinea with medical supplies, and will be picking up eyeglasses collected by the Ballina Lions Club during its stay.

Jack’s dad, Ian, contacted the crew and they have agreed to transport the goods collected by Jack and his schoolmates through to Townsville.

From there, yachts taking part in a rally will take the goods to the archipelago.

The Pacific Link is due to arrive about 11am on May 18 and is scheduled to depart on May 24.

The ship will be open to the public from 9am to 4pm each day at Lance Ferris Wharf at Fawcett Park.



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