Toy Drive to Assist Young Carers
Collecting 3000 toys within 30 days from across Sydney’s east is the ambitious goal of CaringKids, a local charity set up to provide support for young people who care for family members with chronic illness or disabilities.
“A hidden number of school students and young people are looking after someone at home with an intellectual disability, mental illness, aged or terminally ill,” said charity founder and Clovelly resident, Margaret Skagias.
“These young carers have greater than usual responsibilities that can impact their physical and mental health,” she said. “On top of their own studies, they may be responsible for cooking, laundry, minding younger siblings as well as assisting their family member with personal care.”
The funds raised by reselling the three thousand toys will be used by CaringKids to give these young people a break with sport or recreation activities, or to provide financial aid for items such as the cost of a school excursion, buying sports equipment or getting a homework desk, said Margaret.
Around two or three students in every high school classroom could be in these circumstances based on Australian Bureau of Statistics estimates of 100,000 young carers in NSW under the age of 25. Figures are likely to be higher as many young people do not report their family situation.
The toys will be re-sold from the CaringKids stall at Bondi Beach Markets.
AS OF 16 DEC 2018 - TOY DONATIONS ARE CURRENTLY ON HOLD
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