ROBINA teenager Jillian Thomsen felt as many Australians did as she watched the TV images of the massive human toll from the Indian Ocean tsunami unfold ? deeply moved and wanting to do something to help.
Despite her young age, Jillian, 13, has launched her own appeal, collecting school items for communities whose education systems have been devastated.
"I really wanted it to be something we children can do to help other kids, not just asking our parents for money to donate," Jillian said. "So I have set up a collecting point for school supplies for the affected children.
"I am hoping to collect pens, pencils, exercise books, art paper, paints, coloured pencils and other school supplies from my Gold Coast community," she said.