Coast kids on a mission to help the homeless
THE plight of those sleeping on the street is a confronting sight for people of any age, let alone children.
However, it was a scene that spurred Caloundra kids Sam and Maggie Princehorn into action.
Sam, 10, and Maggie, 11, were compelled to help the homeless after witnessing it first-hand and conjured up a quirky social enterprise to aid their cause.
With a passion for swimming, the duo decided to establish #eatmywake.
As part of their business they designed swimming caps with proceeds from sales passed on to local homeless support charities such as The Shack at Nambour.
"We saw some people on the side of the road and it looked like they needed some help so we thought that we might start up a business and start donating some money to charity like giving them food and water," Sam said.
The kids approached fellow swimmers in the community with their caps as well as people they trained through at their nippers club and surf lifesaving.
The young Sunshine Coast entrepreneurs even caught the attention of Australian swimming icon and Olympian Mack Horton.
Sam and Maggie posted a cap to the gold-medallist, who was only too happy to share a photo and the campaign through his Instagram account.
The pair's father, Ben, said they had already sold more than 100 swimming caps across the country, raising close to $700 for charity.
After Horton shared their story on Instagram, Ben said their campaign snowballed with about 50 caps sold in a single night.
"It's all around us homelessness and it was pretty confronting to see it here on the coast for Sam and Maggie and it started a conversation with us and that conversation led to what can we do about it," Ben said.
"We've all kind of been involved in different charities and so forth as a family but this was something they really wanted to pursue and my wife and I just let them run with it and its been a lot of fun and we're hoping to keep it going.
"It's a really nice thing for these guys to see that they can do something about it rather than just sitting back and letting someone else take the lead. So, it's been a good way to encourage that."
Sam was proud of his achievements with his sister, and hoped to help as many people as possible.
"It feels really good because you just see those people when they've got the food and water and you see them having a lot better life," he said.
"I hope to achieve that there are not as many homeless people on the streets as there are now."
To buy a cap or learn more about Sam and Maggie's business, search #eatmywake on Facebook and Instagram.