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Response to hamper appeal shows we care

GENEROUS DONORS: Founders and directors from Care Outreach Australia Bill and Melissa Close (left) and Gympie's Charmaine and John Eastgate with a carload of goods donated to this year's We Care Mother's Day Hamper Appeal.
GENEROUS DONORS: Founders and directors from Care Outreach Australia Bill and Melissa Close (left) and Gympie's Charmaine and John Eastgate with a carload of goods donated to this year's We Care Mother's Day Hamper Appeal.

THE response to last month's We Care Mother's Day Hamper Appeal was so great Gympie organiser Charmaine Eastgate says it was impossible to count just how many items were donated.

We Care, a charity which has been providing love, support and spiritual care since 1990, partnered with Care Outreach Australia to deliver toiletries and other necessities to women doing it tough in drought-affected and isolated areas of outback Australia.

"Some donations were large, others were small, but each one combined will make a huge difference,” Mrs Eastgate said.

"The response was phenomenal. We could not count how many gifts as some were packed and sealed.”

Gympie Christian Family Church's Pastor Peter and Shirley Rodgers (left) and Pastor Dawn Peel with many more Mother's Day appeal donations.
Gympie Christian Family Church's Pastor Peter and Shirley Rodgers (left) and Pastor Dawn Peel with many more Mother's Day appeal donations.

Mrs Eastgate said Gympie businesses donated generously to the appeal, including major sponsors Gympie Regional Realty, Grace Cosmetics, Gympie Christian Family Church, Diva Women, Gympie Bags and Gifts, Bendigo Bank, Cooloola Christian radio station, Coles and Malouf Pharmacy Southside.

"Grace Cosmetics donated 400 tubes of moisturising cream with a retail value of $40 each plus we had 200 books donated,” she said.

"We have a database of 800 women who we wanted to deliver to and while I'm not sure how many we were able to gift, I do know we were thrilled with the response.

"But for John and Margaret Cochrane allowing us to use their Gympie Regional Realty office as a drop-off point for donations, we couldn't have run the appeal in Gympie.”

Mrs Eastgate said the hampers, which were delivered to properties out west by volunteers from Care Outreach's Coolum office, were a way of showing mothers living in drought-affected and isolated areas people cared about them.

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