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Crayon charity to help vulnerable kids

Sophia ConstantineNorth West Telegraph

The team at Telstra store South Hedland will be helping Act for Kids charity by selling Monster Crayons to fund art therapy for abused and neglected children.

Act for Kids is a not-for-profit charity which provides free therapeutic support for thousands of children and families.

Throughout this month, the Vita Foundation will be selling the Act for Kids Monster Crayons across Telstra stores for $10 with all proceeds donated to Act for Kids.

The art therapy classes are a means to get children to talk about their experiences while using art as a way to show expression.

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Telstra store South Hedland business manager Lateesha Reid said within the first two weeks of selling the crayons, the store was down to 30 packets after initially starting out with 80.

“Everyone loves the crayons as soon as we explain to them what it is about,” she said. “It is important to have a presence of Act for Kids in a town like Hedland.”

Vita Foundation chairman Scott Philipson said art therapy provided children who have suffered from abuse and neglect with a creative outlet to share and come to terms with what they have been through.

Act for Kids chief executive Neil Carrington said the funds would allow the organisation to provide vulnerable children with specialist therapy and treatment to enable them to rebuild their lives after experiencing physical and mental challenges.

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