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MinRes helps Dandelions bloom

Mineral Resources (MinRes) has helped charity Dandelions WA secure a new home to continue providing “kindness kits” to Western Australians in need.

MinRes said that demand for Dandelions’ services had grown rapidly since launching three years ago and the company will contribute to the cost of renting its Perth facility for five years.

The charity provides school backpacks to kids to ensure all children can attend school with confidence.

Dandelions WA were also given a donation of $10,000 from MinRes.

“We were proud to help Dandelions WA find their new home so that they could continue to spread kindness to Western Australians in need,” MinRes executive general manager, people Andrea Chapman said.

“For some WA kids, these backpacks will ensure that for the first time they will have everything they need to attend school with confidence and hope.”

The backpacks are filled with essentials such as stationary, lunch boxes, library bags, water bottles, hats and toiletries. Since its launch, the campaign has supported over 8000 children.

“The feedback we received is that children were missing the first couple of weeks of term one to avoid the embarrassment of going back to school without the essentials,” Dandelions WA co-founder Vicky Young said.

“We believed every child should have the opportunity to start the school year equal to their fellow students by having the materials needed to enter a classroom with confidence and excitement to learn.

“We have been inundated with demand amid the cost-of-living crisis and our back-to-school campaign has only been made possible with the support of businesses such as MinRes and the WA community.

“We still require further corporate support for our backpacks so every child gets what they need – 15 sponsors of $10,000 each would ensure we can meet the demand.”

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