1000 children’s jumpers head to Ethiopia to help kids in need.

    As winter draws in and the cold weather is making itself felt in central Victoria, putting on an extra layer or two of warm clothes is second nature to most of us. But what if there wasn’t an extra layer to put on?

    So when Paul Banks of the Children of Ethiopia Foundation heard that the Grace Centre in northern Ethiopia was in desperate need of warm clothing for children in its care, he quickly acted.

    Paul and his wife Lisa, who both run the foundation, were able to secure 1000 jumpers from Frontline Stores in Bendigo, who kindly donated the out of season stock of new school jumpers, which will be distributed to both orphans and school students at the Grace Centre in northern Ethiopia.

    The Children of Ethiopia Foundation does not deal in cash donations, but accepts new goods in times of need. Paul said, “Because we only deal in new goods logistics can always be difficult.”

    This is when he called on fellow business colleague, Chris Richards, and asked for his support. Chris heads up Apiam Animal Health, a locally based company that has a strong logistics department. As one of Bendigo’s great philanthropists he was more than happy to assist with the packaging and freight so the shipment can makes its way to Ethiopia.

    Paul said that the team at Apiam were fantastic. “I’m sure the children of the Grace Centre will be thrilled to receive their new school jumpers, courtesy of this great local business and Frontline Stores.

    Paul said he’s always amazed at the support he gets from business contacts when he puts out a call for help. “A lot of the time logistics is the last and hardest part of the equation, so it’s great on this occasion to have support,” Paul said.