Food and an education now reality for impoverished kids
THE Fraser Coast's own charity to help feed and educate impoverished children in the Philippines is going from strength to strength.
Hearts on Our Sleeves was set up by Hervey Bay man John Hill, after he saw first- hand the scale of poverty on a holiday to the Philippines in 2009.
Last year he told the Chronicle his story about how a small group of his friends in the Bay had grown into a large charity, Hearts on Our Sleeves, which was helping to put about 100 children through school in the Philippines.
Now, the charity is helping hundreds of children, with about 210 in schools and about 100 getting aid through food.
"We're providing meat, vegies and a vitamin supplement," Mr Hill said.
This week he is taking another step to help children in the Philippines, but he won't be going alone.
Three other Hervey Bay residents and one person from Brisbane will accompany him to help rebuild a school in the town of Olongapo.
Mr Hill said the generosity of Fraser Coast residents had helped the charity grow so quickly.
He said the recent donation of $1000 from Jodie and Dale of Hervey Bay Movers was amazing.
Sadly, the charity still had to turn away hundreds of children each year, he said.
"Any help people can give us is really appreciated," he said. "We're desperate for more sponsors."
The cost to sponsor a student through an entire year of schooling in the Philippines is just $25.
For an extra $7, the student can be provided with a pair of shoes.
For more information, visit heartsonoursleeves.org.au or find the group on Facebook.