Sebastopol kids take the lead to help those in need this winter

A group of dedicated Sebastopol schoolkids have joined the fight against homelessness, raising money for some of Ballarat’s most needy just as the mercury plummets below zero. 

Kids take lead: Eight-year-old Indy Marshall and a team of Sebastopol schoolkids had raised more than $800 for the Ballarat Soup Bus by 9.30am on Saturday through their garage sale. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Kids take lead: Eight-year-old Indy Marshall and a team of Sebastopol schoolkids had raised more than $800 for the Ballarat Soup Bus by 9.30am on Saturday through their garage sale. Picture: Lachlan Bence

Led by eight-year-old Indy Marshall, the pint-sized philanthropists have set out to raise cash for the Ballarat Soup Bus to help those doing it tough this winter.  

While the concept began with the group donating pocket money raised through housework in 2017, on Saturday the team upped their game by taking over the St James Parish Primary School Hall to hold a garage sale. 

Indy said she was encouraged to try and make a change last year when she saw a young homeless man on the streets of Melbourne.  

“It was cold outside and it was winter and (he) didn’t have a blanket or a home,” Indy said.  

The group had set a $1000 target but looked set to easily surpass their goal, having raised more than $800 by 9.30am on Saturday.