TODAY’S lead story will come as no surprise for anyone in this community.
Many are finding things tough as prices go up and up and support agencies are once again struggling to meet the demand.
While today’s story centres in on the Camira Springfield Community Centre’s food care program the words would have been the same if I had interviewed any other agencies doing similar in Ipswich.
The Foodbarn, local churches, Lifeline and the Salvation Army are all getting stretched as many families for the first time in their lives look for help.
It’s important to note the words of the Camira Centre’s Nohblee Gottani.
She summed it up perfectly when she said, “everyone needs to be loved, they need to know someone cares.”
Last Friday I was at the Camira Centre as it opened its doors to hand out donated food and hampers at 11am.
Speaking with the volunteers as they were preparing for the morning rush I found that most had at some point or another being helped themselves by the centre.
Many said they had come back as a way of showing their appreciation for not just getting food handouts, but for the personal support they had received from people such as Pastor Phil Cutcliffe.
It made me realise that the Camira Community Centre wasn’t just a place that handed out food.
More importantly it handed out hope.
No one was judged when they arrived for a helping hand, in fact they were welcomed and thanked for coming.
Friday was another lesson in what life was really all about.
JOKE OF THE WEEK:
A man was driving along a backroad near Rosewood when he suddenly saw a white flash pass him on the right in the bush.
He looked closely and realised it was a three legged chook.
When he looked down at his speedo he noted the chook was running at more than 90kph.
As it disappeared in the distance he saw the chook take a quick right-hand turn into a farm so he decided to follow it.
As he drove up the driveway the chook disappeared so he pulled up at the house to ask the farmer if he’d seen this strange chook.
The farmer replied yes he had, in fact he said, “I breed three legged chooks.”
When asked why he bred them, the farmer said they had only one son and when they all sat down at the dinner table they all liked to grab a chicken leg.
The man then asked him what did they taste like?
The farmer looked at him and laughed and said :
“We don’t know yet, we haven’t been able to catch one!.”
A Double Pass to Limelight Cinema goes to Sean Chapman from Springfield.
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