18 January 2015

Volunteers show outback women that someone cares

Posted in Family life

Alyson Campbell and a group of 10 friends are passionate about helping ladies living thousands of kilometres away, in rural and remote areas.

The group meets monthly to create Pamper Packs – hand-sewn bags filled with toiletries, body lotions, diaries and stationery.

“We thought remote and rural chaplains would appreciate having packs to hand out to women in need. It’s to give ladies a little ‘pick-me-up’ or help those who are doing it tough because of drought conditions,” Alyson explains.

“We can’t feed their cattle or physically help on their farm, but we can show them in a small way that someone cares.”

It’s stories like this that inspire Alyson and her friends to volunteer their time…

“The chaplains out in Alpha and Jericho, Billie and Tony Dodge, were on holidays last year when they received news that a teacher had lost her husband in a quad bike accident. They immediately went home to support the school and community,” Alyson recalls.

“Billie and Tony gave some of the packs to the family, who were overwhelmed that people they didn’t know were so generous and thoughtful.”

And that’s the power of generosity – that a small act of kindness can make a big difference.

To find out how you can help country families who are doing it tough, contact info@suqld.org.au.


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