Baulkham Hills Leos donates to St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s KEEP program

KEEP SUPPORTING: The students join Berenice Walker (left) from the Baulkham Hills Lions Club to present a cheque to Nicole Dunn (right) from Vinnies.
KEEP SUPPORTING: The students join Berenice Walker (left) from the Baulkham Hills Lions Club to present a cheque to Nicole Dunn (right) from Vinnies.

The Leos Club of Baulkham Hills donated more than $2000 to the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW’s KEEP program.

The students from James Ruse Agricultural High School and William Clarke College formed the Leos Club of Baulkham Hills and held a trivia night as part of their Duke of Edinburgh program.

The Kids Engaged in Education Program (KEEP) supports families in need achieve positive outcomes by using education and case management to support children experiencing homelessness. It is based on research, evidence and best practice.

Last month the students were joined by Berenice Walker from the Baulkham Hills Lions Club to hand a cheque to Nicole Dunn, the society’s events and community fundraising manager at the Vinnies’ Castle Hill Shop.

“The Lions Club and our parents helped sell table tickets and donated some of the prizes,” James Ruse student Brendan Lin said. “They also cooked and served food.

“We selected the KEEP program because we all know how important education is and how it can help you get ahead.”

Ms Dunn said the efforts of the students would go a long way to assisting disadvantaged children.

“KEEP is a unique program which takes a holistic approach to ensure children are engaged in school, improve parenting skills and connect vulnerable families with the services they need,” Ms Dunn said. “We are very grateful for what these students and the Leos Club of Baulkham Hills have done.”