Pupils at Gwynne Park Primary School in Armadale are among 18,000 WA children who get brekkie before lessons thanks to WA’s school breakfast program.
More than $30,000 has been raised for the program by a new charitable partnership between Cricket Australia and Telethon.
For every ticket sold during last month’s Telethon Weekend for Perth’s historic day-night Test next month, $5 was donated to WA’s school breakfast program.
Run by Foodbank, the program supplies a nutritious, free breakfast for children who turn up to school hungry.
The school breakfast program started in 2001 after it was found that 50 per cent of WA schoolchildren had no breakfast at all, did not have enough breakfast or ate unhealthy food for breakfast.
“Access to food, and in particular nutritious food, is something many people take for granted but the reality is that many students turn up at school with an empty stomach,” Foodback WA’s nutrition and food security manager Roslyn Giglia said.
Cricket Australia revealed its three-year fundraising partnership with Telethon last month.
More donations for the school breakfast program will be collected at open training sessions and during the Test match.