It started off as a homework assignment. Now, one 10-year-old boy’s idea is helping homeless people right across Tasmania.
Oliver Edwards was set a “homework challenge” by his school in Hobart. He had to come up with an idea for something he’d like to do that could be good for the community.
“It could be creating a big artwork or helping old people, all sort of different things,” his mother Cathy explains to Mamamia.
“They check in with the teacher and go off and do them.”
Cathy had been talking to Oliver about homelessness in their city, which has worsened recently by a rental crisis and flooding.
“There’s just been a whole lot of extra suffering in the Hobart community in the last few months,” she says.
Oliver decided on the idea of giving away warm winter coats to people in need.
He and Cathy agreed they would get together as many second-hand coats as they could and leave them on trees in parks. They would stick notes on the coats, saying: “Free on a tree: If you need this, it’s yours.”