A Young boys amazing attempt to help keep homeless Tassie’s warm this winter.
10-year-old, Oliver Edwards, has come up with an idea to help the growing homelessness issue in Hobart.
Oliver said the idea was simple, sparked by the flooding which hit Hobart in May when the record for rainfall in a 24-hour period was doubled.
He was given a homework challenge that asked him to come up with a way to help his community.
“I heard about the floods and the people that were camping at the Showgrounds,” he said.
“I thought of Free On A Tree and I talked with mum about it and she thought it was a good idea.
“We put coats on trees and then people [who] need them and are cold can take them,” he said.
He and his mother Cathy Edwards have set up donation points at various locations where people can drop their second-hand coats, and then they will be picked up and hung on trees in public spaces around the city.
Once the coat has been strung up, Oliver puts a sticker on them that says: “If you need this, it’s yours”.
“I hope that people [who] need the coats will take them,” he said.
Oliver and his mum have hung about 40 coats on trees around Hobart so far. Their goal is to distribute 100 coats in June.
They hope the community will take up the Free On A Tree initiative and it will continue to grow.
What an awesome initiative. Well done, Oliver.
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