Samuel’s stationery on the move for kids in need
Published: 29 January 2019
When an eight-year-old Samuel Glancy decided to raise funds to support a mother and two boys who were victims of domestic violence a few years back, it kick-started a passion to help those less fortunate.
That single act of generosity set in motion a series of altruistic endeavours which would eventually lead to Samuel setting up his own charity Kids4Kids.
This week the Calvary Christian College student, now aged 11, attended Logan City Council to collect donations for his initiative which provides school supplies to 12 primary schools throughout the City of Logan.
Now in its third year, Kids4Kids has been chalking up community spirit by collecting donated stationery items, including colour pencils, erasers, back packs, folders, book covers, pencil cases, lunch boxes and school shoes.
“I like to help out wherever I can because often there’s kids going without the basics on the first day of school,” Samuel said.
“In the past two years with the amazing help of the Logan community we have supported local schools with more than 20,000 school supplies.”
City of Logan Acting Mayor Cherie Dalley said Council had proudly supported Samuel by donating boxes of pens, note pads, pencil cases and lunch boxes.
“Samuel is a remarkable young man doing some amazing things in our community and Council is happy to donate items to support him and his charity,” she said.
“Logan’s community spirit is what makes this city so special and to see someone as young as Samuel already doing such great things for others is absolutely inspiring.
“Every child has the right to a quality education and it’s great to know that Council’s contribution will have a positive impact on children as they prepare for a new school year.”
Samuel’s mum Tanya said no child should have to start the first week of school without the essentials, but that was the reality facing many families.
“We have schools in Logan that have 50 children on the first day that need assistance. This is due to a variety of reasons, including financial hardship and family challenges,” she said.
“I am immensely proud of the work Samuel and the Kids4Kids volunteers do in enriching the lives of Logan children and their families.
“He is a special boy and inspires others to reach out and offer support to those in need. The result is better education and more opportunities for kids in the future as they make smarter, more informed decisions and feel like they are a valued participant in the school system.”