WRITE ON: Sketch artist Em Mann has started a penpal club.
WRITE ON: Sketch artist Em Mann has started a penpal club. DEIRDRE SMITH

Power of the pen is the write stuff

WHEN Em Mann's big sister moved away, she missed her and so, in the pre-internet era, she put pen to paper and wrote her letters.

Then a neighbouring girl stepped in and before long the two were exchanging business cards and clothing swing labels in the mail.

"Kids love sending letters and receiving things,” Em said.

When she heard another friend's daughter was being bullied, Em thought back to the fun she had had as a girl and suggested that she find a penfriend.

"It will get your mind off those horrible things that happen at school,” she said.

"People want to be your friend, they might be 600km away but they can still chat to you.”

Now she is reaching out even further and welcomes anybody who would like to become involved in a penpal club.

So far, she has had people from Cairns, Brisbane and even the Philippines join in. A woman had written asking if her three-year-old daughter could have a penpal and Em volunteered her own four-year-old girl and so it has become an activity not just between the youngsters but the mothers as well.

"You can write anything interesting for other kids to read,” she said. Contact Em through Facebook Penpower Penpal Club.

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