Rise to the challenge

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian
Allendale Primary School staff Ashleigh Smith and Tammie Jones with beloved student Pippa Funneman.
Camera IconAllendale Primary School staff Ashleigh Smith and Tammie Jones with beloved student Pippa Funneman. Credit: Tamra Carr The Geraldton Guardian

Allendale Primary School wants to buy a wheelchair for someone in need, a plan they say anyone who eats bread can help them with.

The school is collecting 200kg of bread tags — the coloured clips that hold bags of sliced bread closed — to sell to a business that makes small trays out of them.

The proceeds will buy a wheelchair for a person with a mobility impairment, just like Allendale’s beloved Pippa Funneman, a five-year-old non-verbal student with cerebral palsy.

Pippa’s mother Rochelle said the school approached her at the beginning of term to make Pippa the face of the project, known as Pip’s Clips for Wheelchairs.

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Mrs Funneman said the idea was wonderful and had been met with booming support from local businesses, sport groups, community groups and everybody in between.

The school has already collected about 2.8kg of bread tags, but education assistant Ashleigh Smith said they needed about 20 garbage bags of them.

“We think we’ll get there because it’s relatively easy for people,” she said.

“We’re not asking for money, it’s something simple, something they were going to get with the rest of the groceries anyway....

“These tags are also on bags of carrots, apples, potatoes, crumpets ... basically anything at the shop in a bag.”

Residents with tags can drop them off at Allendale Primary School, Specsavers Geraldton and a handful of other locations.

Ms Smith said once 200kg of tags were collected, the school would remain a permanent collection site for charity Bread Tags for Wheelchairs.

Geraldton, Carnamah and Karratha are the only WA collection points north of Perth.

Tamra Carr

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