Fay Stuhmcke, Debbie Joynson and Mary Slater with care packages to be sent to soliders serving in Afghanistan who have a link to the Fraser Coast.
Fay Stuhmcke, Debbie Joynson and Mary Slater with care packages to be sent to soliders serving in Afghanistan who have a link to the Fraser Coast. Alistair Brightman

Sweet treats for overseas soldiers to remind them of home

A GROUP of Fraser Coast women is making the lives of Australian troops in Afghanistan a little easier.

Debbie Joynson and her small army from the Burrum District RSL regularly send parcels stocked with lollies and treats to the troops.

The group has sent more than 270 parcels to Fraser Coast related soldiers in the past four years.

"We do a bit of fundraising and use the money to buy things which we send overseas," Mrs Joynson said.

"All the soldiers who receive a parcel have something to do with the Fraser Coast, meaning their parents might live here or they've lived here before."

The group has just sent another crate packed with more than 40 parcels to Afghanistan.

Mrs Joynson said it was an activity to make the troops' lives overseas a little better.

"What we've heard is that once the mess closes the troops don't have anything to snack on," she said.

"We're a small group looking to help out the people who protect us."

Australia Post allows packages under 2kg to be sent free of charge to Australian bases overseas.

The group plans to send its final care package to Afghanistan about August.



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