Kids brush up to help fire victims

Jacinta CantatoreHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Teddy Harvey, 3, Luciano Celisano, 4, Harvey Community Play and Learning Centre educators Harpreet Singh and Rena Curulli, Lincoln Rowe, 4, and Freya Cameron, 4.Picture: Jacinta Cantatore
Camera IconTeddy Harvey, 3, Luciano Celisano, 4, Harvey Community Play and Learning Centre educators Harpreet Singh and Rena Curulli, Lincoln Rowe, 4, and Freya Cameron, 4.Picture: Jacinta Cantatore Credit: Jacinta Cantatore/Harvey Reporter

With early works of Picasso and Rembrandt now selling for millions of dollars, an art stall on Uduc Road might be the way to score an early masterpiece by budding Harvey artists.

Children at the Harvey Community Play and Learning Centre will be selling paintings on Friday to raise money for bushfire-affected families and animals over east.

Staff engaged in long discussions with the children over the past few weeks, answering questions the children had been asking about the bushfires devastating the east coat.

“The children have been asking us about the bushfires because of the things they have seen on TV or heard on the radio at home,” centre manager Rena Curulli said.

“They are such empathetic kids, they decided they wanted to do something to help the people and animals who lost everything in the bushfires.”

Centre early childhood educator Harpreet Singh said the children came up with the idea for the art stall themselves.

“We talked to the kids about ways we could help and all by themselves they came up with the idea to open a shop,” Ms Singh said. “We were doing painting that day so they decided we could sell the paintings to raise money.”

“They made extra special paintings that day to help out.”

Mrs Curulli said she was proud of how the children had responded when they knew other people were in need.

“Despite being so young they are showing maturity far beyond their age,” Mrs Curulli said.

The children’s paintings will be for sale on Friday outside IGA on Uduc Road from 8.30am.

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