Egg-cited: Caniaba Public School students (from left) Gemma Giacobetti, 11, Charles Mitchell, 7, Jake Wheeler, 10, Abbey Harvey, 11, and Chad Pethers-Morrisey, 5 (standing) have donated Easter eggs to Meals on Wheels.
Egg-cited: Caniaba Public School students (from left) Gemma Giacobetti, 11, Charles Mitchell, 7, Jake Wheeler, 10, Abbey Harvey, 11, and Chad Pethers-Morrisey, 5 (standing) have donated Easter eggs to Meals on Wheels. David Nielsen

Youth to delight seniors at Easter

ABOUT 100 local Meals on Wheels clients will get a special Easter this year thanks to the generosity of the 65 kids at Caniaba Public School.

The students yesterday handed over a whopping 350 Easter eggs, to be divvied up and sent out to clients of the service on Thursday.

Caniaba principal Rick Healy said the egg donation began ‘10 or 11 years ago’ and had become a strong tradition. He estimated the school’s students had donated something like 3500 Easter eggs to Meals on Wheels over the years.

Meals on Wheels co-ordinator Paula Whitehead said Caniaba’s eggs had become the highlight of Easter for many of the service’s clients.

“It’s very important,” she said. “Some of our clients don’t have any family so that will be the only Easter eggs they will see, (and the Meals on Wheels volunteers will be) the only contact they have from anyone.”

Ms Whitehead said the organisation got similar donations at Christmas from the Girl Guides – but Easter belonged to Caniaba Public School.

Mr Healy said the students got an extra buzz out of the donations when the people who got the eggs wrote to say thankyou. Each egg was labelled with the Christian name of the student who donated it, and often the egg’s recipient would send a letter to that student at the school to thank them.

“No-one knows if they’re going to get anything back,” he said. “I hold a letter up and say ‘this is for ...’ and they are quite taken aback.”



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