How Two Inspirational Children Created A Charity For The Homeless
In 2016, two amazing children from Melbourne won the Pride of Australia through their Hayden's Helping Hands charity.
Hayden and Stephanie Rujak, two primary school students, established Hayden's Helping Hands to provide for the relief and alleviation of poverty, distress, misfortune and disadvantage suffered by people experiencing homelessness in Australia.
They do this by distributing food and other supplies, including sanitation and clothing, to the homeless with the help of network volunteers, including other young children.
The children were inspired to start Hayden's Helping Hands (HHH) in 2014 when they travelled to the United States and were confronted by the number of homeless people they saw living on the streets. Initially, the children were looking to join other charities, but due to age restrictions many of these charities, they decided to start their own to encourage other children who want to be volunteers. By doing this, the children are promoting and raising awareness and understanding of homelessness, particularly amongst young Australians.
Hayden was on school holidays and took the time to answer a few questions for us:
How did Hayden Helping hands start?
It started because I wanted to create a charity to help the homeless in Melbourne and I hated to see people suffer, and I had enough.
What do you want to tell people?
That HHH is a charity meant to help the homeless in Melbourne, and we also support little kids who have escaped family violence by giving toys.
What and where do you do?
We deliver care packages to the people in the CBD of Melbourne.
We go to the Yarra River because there are lots of homeless people there.
How do you help people?
By giving them care packages and other items like blankets, beanies and warm things.
How can our community help?
We are always looking for items like non-perishable food, knitted items, blankets and toiletries and you can come to a BBQ and cook some food for the homeless.
Now that winter is nearly here, Hayden and Stephanie would love it if our knitting and crocheting community could help out by donating items.
If you would like to become a volunteer or donate to HHH, please fill in the form on their contact page here.
Or keep up with what is happening at HHH by joining their Facebook page here.
Carolyn Rowland is a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching and A Professional Image Stylist. Carolyn is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.
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