Superheroes unite

Forest Primary School students (from left) Poppy Charles, Eli Revill, Tommy Randall, Avaliah Lardner and Jamahlea Horton will be supporting fellow schoolmate Duke Marcello by dressing up as superheroes on Friday while FPS Parents and Friends Association (back from left) Veronica Charles, Jacqui Bergman, Melissa Gillie and Annabel Dixon will host a ‘Coin Drive’ in Emmett Street, Smithton. Picture: Ashleigh Force. 

Support. Forest Primary School’s tight-knit community is missing a piece of its heart in kindergarten student, Duke Marcello.

The five-year-old sustained serious injuries after being struck by a motorcycle on King Street in Smithton earlier this month, and is now recovering in the Royal Hobart Hospital.

With a long journey ahead, Duke and his family have the support of an entire community behind them including FPS’ Parents and Friends Association who are asking the community to dig deep and reach into their pockets for a ‘Coin Drive’ taking place tomorrow (Friday October 30).

Money raised will go to the Marcello family to support little Duke on his road to recovery.

P&F president Veronica Charles said the inspiration came from a yearly coin drive hosted by the school’s student councillors for their sponsor child.

“We wanted to do something that hasn’t yet been done [for Duke],” Veronica said. “This way everyone can contribute their spare change or larger donations, because they (Marcellos) will be needing every bit of it.”

The coin drive will travel the length of Smithton’s main shopping precinct in Emmett Street.

Passersby are encouraged to donate what they can by placing their donation in a line along the pavement. Of the effect the drive will have, Veronica said: “It will look incredible! A long line of donations.”

FPS principal Peter Brown said the idea was inspiring.

“It’s a fantastic idea! Once again the community has proven how well we look after each other and come together.”

The school will also be hosting a ‘Superheroes Day’ on Friday where students can dress as their favourite hero for a gold coin donation.

Student councillors will be in Emmett Street between 1-1.30pm on Friday for the drive, showing off their ‘superpowers’ to the public.

Early donations can be taken to the school office to be included in the coin drive.



What: Coin Drive for Duke Marcello

When: Friday October 30, 11am-2pm

Where: Emmett Street, Smithton

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