QUEENSLAND'S peak caravanning body is helping a young boy achieve his
Caravanning Queensland has promised to do all it can to help Brisbane's
11-year-old Ashton Brown who is on a mission to help the homeless.
The Year 6 student has been operating his own charity
‒ Homeless Helpers ‒
for the past two years providing meals, blankets and other necessities
to the less fortunate but
now believes a caravan would be a great asset to his
Garage sales and car washes have already helped the motivated youngster
raise more than $10,000 towards a caravan.
He explained that it would be used to deliver food hampers, first-aid kits
and provide health care around south-east Queensland.
His mother Jacqui said the main goal was to have a large caravan with a
barber's chair, hair washes and other necessities, plus a doctor
undertaken to make sure his aim becomes a reality'
Caravanning Queensland told Caravanning News it would be only too
pleased to help the big-hearted youngster.
"We’ve undertaken to make sure his aim to have a caravan to support his
work becomes a reality," chief executive Ron Chapman said after meeting
Ashton and his mum.
"We can now develop exactly how this will be achieved. We’re not going to
let them get a product that's not suitable or safe.
"We'll also be looking after suitable equipment for the vehicle which will
be towed by one of their volunteers."
Ashton tells how he learned about the unfortunate sector of the community
from YouTube where he saw videos about people helping the homeless.
"I decided I really wanted to chip in," he explained.
His work has been recognised by the Sunshine State's government which
recently awarded him a prestigious parliamentary certificate.
MP Milton Dick described Ashton as an "outstanding role model" for not
only young people but everyone.
Ashton has also received a Global Sharing Leadership Award for Compassion
which came with a US$10,000 cash prize.
But modest Ashton ‒ who spends hours in his home
kitchen cooking meals to hand out to the needy ‒
brushes off the praise, saying he was only too
pleased to help those in need.