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To Woorabinda with Love

Lost Property to Woorabinda with Love

Some time ago Fr. Raj mentioned that Woorabinda, an indigenous community west of Rockhampton, needed help with household and clothing items.  I responded by sending a large plastic bag of items gratefully received by Sr. Cecilia Prest, who serves the whole community.   Time passed and one day at my Aqua class I noticed a bulging Lost Property basket/ my brain took over and decided that these items could find a new home. Margaret, the complex owner, gave me the Lost Property which started a chain of events.  Margaret’s first contribution was beautiful children’s swimwear.  Next, I went to my gym and was given a bagful of towels/ a great hit at Woorabinda.  Word got around and friends and strangers brought me loads of items.  One plastic bag has increased to three with full bags going to Woorabinda and being sent back to Rocky to be refilled. 

Fr .Sijo George, who celebrates mass twice a month at Woorabinda, is the courier for which I am grateful.

Sr Cecilia Prest, Fr Sijo George, Shirley Hopkins

Sr. Cecilia created a shop and does a great job with sorting, giving some items to needy families, while other items are sold for a small sum and the money accumulated buys needed items.  Margaret has just given me another two bags of winter clothes.  Items collected are from a coffee plunger to flippers and loads of clothes.  Sister and I are very grateful to all the donors.  She is still in need of preloved sheets, curtains and doonas.  

Any donation of items can be dropped off at the College Front Counter or given to Mr Gaukroger in the HH Deans office.


Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Bryan Gaukroger on 4999 1300 or by email   

Lost Property and Friends are sending love to the people of Woorabinda.

Shirley Hopkins




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