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A small hand in a big drought

A small hand in a big drought

In early 2015, ARLP Course 22 participant Sue Gorton put out a call to the Foundation to help get some Canberra-based people together to support women in the Mt Isa area during ongoing drought.

Sue teamed up with Maureen Brooks, who works at the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS). Maureen’s daughter, Victoria, runs a company that supplies cosmetic products online, so Maureen generously supplied all the ingredients needed to make something that they knew many ladies would be doing without. Thanks to several helping hands, 95 pots of face cream were made up and placed into jars with a special label (with words by Sue) printed and included.

Tim Moes, principal of Mt Isa School of the Air, got in touch to thank the Foundation Network.

“Recently our school received 95 pots of face cream to give to our mothers who are in the midst of one of our worst droughts. During the week of May 11-15 all of our families were in town for activity days, a home tutor seminar and sports day. We distributed the pots to our mums at the seminar. Thank you to the two wonderful women behind the project.” Tim said.

“It is through small kindnesses like this that really do make a difference and will get them through.”


It is important for people to know that the Foundation's thoughts are with our friends in rural and remote areas, and all our regions.