Boy’s touching gesture sees school collect food
LOOKING for his lost pet and not finding it, led Colby Kean from Komga Junior School to initiate a charity pet drive at his school.
After losing his cat, Sugar, he went in search of it or a new cat at Pet Pals but instead of finding his beloved cat, he saw the pets there with no food and this broke the 11-year-old’s heart.
Kean then approached Komga Junior principal Lester Pike with a view to holding an inter-class competition to collect pet food and to raise awareness of animal shelters.
The school’s pupils all wanted to get involved and for two weeks they brought in tins and bags of pet food.
“We were also fortunate to get a huge donation of fresh pet’s mince and bones from one of our parents, Paul Thompson, whose daughter is in Grade 0,” Pike said.
Kean said: “Because this really broke my heart, I asked my principal if we could collect food for the animals and we did this for two weeks and managed to collect 505.99kg of pet food.
“I am very happy and I hope the animals get a great life,” he said.
The Grade 0 class were the winners, having collected 235.6kg of food. The winning class and their teacher, Julie Warren, then got to deliver the food to Pet Pals last week.
“I am extremely proud of the way in which our pupils showed their willingness in such a caring way when asked to assist,” Pike said.
Kean said he wanted to collect food again for the animals early next year, and also possibly for people in need.
His mother, Lyn Kean, said her son really had a “big and giving heart”.
Pet Pals chairwoman Sue Kriel said she was very touched and grateful to have received the donation from the school.
“They are such a small community and I was so surprised and happy with the donation.
“They truly brought smiles to our faces. We struggle with food as we use between 38-42kg of dog pellets and 15kg of cat pellets a day.
“The food does not last long and the donation will go a long way [to keeping us going],” Kriel said.