Fraser Coast Chronicle staff with some of the hundreds of goods donated earlier this year for We Care Bags.
Fraser Coast Chronicle staff with some of the hundreds of goods donated earlier this year for We Care Bags. Alistair Brightman

Donations made a big impact

FLEEING life-threatening situations, women and children often arrive on the doorstep of charity organisation We Care 2 with nothing but the clothes on their backs.

Luckily, thanks to overwhelming community support, the dedicated team is now able to help those in desperate situations get back on track.

Since the Chronicle launched its We Care Bags project earlier this year, more than 80 parcels filled with donated toiletries have been handed out to the homeless at the Hervey Bay Christian Church’s Breakfast on the Beach outreach.

Blankets, towels and clothing which were donated by local businesses and families have also been put to good use.

Pastor Robert Geluk’s wife Mary-Anne, who works for the charity, said the team could not be more grateful for the support from the community.

She also said the publicity the organisation had received had put it on the map, with local service providers who were unaware of the support We Care 2 could offer to their clients.

“We really want to thank all the people who have supported us,” Ms Geluk said.

“The system we have in place now is like a well-oiled machine.

“We’ve had a lot of service providers come through and look at the system so they know what’s available, so we’re getting a lot more people referred here now.”

When someone seeks help from We Care 2 they are assessed based on their level of need.

While the majority of homeless clients were teenage boys, Ms Geluk said the system was of particular benefit to women and children escaping domestic violence.

She said a mother and her children could arrive with nothing and leave with clothes, emergency food packs, toiletry bags and fuel cards so they could drive to a safe place.

“Sometimes they have left everything at their home and literally have nothing,” Ms Geluk said.

“We’re really so grateful we can be an avenue for people to come to and receive practical help.”

We Care 2 can be found at 96 Torquay Road.

For more information or to make a donation phone 4124 0913.



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