Gifts from home make it worthwhile

Former soldier Johno Felton, Private Toby Willett and Veteran Support and Advocacy Service Australia member Ray Wingett.
Former soldier Johno Felton, Private Toby Willett and Veteran Support and Advocacy Service Australia member Ray Wingett. Georja Ryan

TIM Tams and Christmas cards were warm reminders of home for Private Toby Willett as he served his country in the Solomon Islands.

For more than four months, the 21-year-old Warwick soldier battled the harsh terrain of army life and said receiving a care package was like a hug of support.

Care packages which included toiletries, treats and Christmas cards from Warwick school children were sent over to soldiers to show their support and encouragement for the brave men and women fighting overseas.

The packages were thanks to the Combine War Veteran Community Group.

"It was really good (getting a package) and I wasn't expecting it," Private Willett said.

"Everyone loves the Tim Tams and it's all just a touch of home while you're over there."

Private Willett, former soldier Johno Felton and Veteran Support and Advocacy Service Australia member Ray Wingett were set up near the escalators at Rose City Shoppingworld yesterday collecting donations for the packages so more care packages can be sent over in September.

They will be back at the centre collecting donations all day Saturday from 8am and a trailer of firewood will be raffled off.

Private Willett said the hardest thing about serving overseas was being away from home and he encouraged everyone to get behind them to help deliver a small slice of home to soldiers in the Solomon Islands, Afghanistan and East Timor.

The highlight of his time away was sailing over on the very ship on which his grandfather served back in the Second World War, the HMAS Canberra.

Private Willett returned home in April and is working on his father's farm in Glengallan.

Topics:  combine war veteran community group, soldier, solomon islands, warwick



Local Real Estate

finda logo
Featured Real Estate
Step Inside - Surprise! $225,000
House 3 1 2
Original Radford... $175,000
House 2 1 1
Magnificent Homesite $129,500
Residential Land 0 0
Extended Family? Acreage... $425,000 neg
House 5 3 4

Featured Jobs

finda logo

Warwick jobs listed daily

Featured Jobs
GENERAL MANAGER ... Gladstone Full Time $120 - $150
SHORT ORDER COOK Warwick Casual
Senior Stockperson Clifton Full Time
Diocese Of Toowoomba... Toowoomba Full Time


Local Partners

LATEST DEALS AND OFFERS

Job Listings

Search for your next job now.
Learn More

Baby of the Year...

Baby Competition 2014
Learn More

Cars For Sale

Find cars for sale online now.
Learn More

Property Listings

Search for a property online right now.
Learn More

Local Profile

Stay Connected

Get the news as it happens, in your inbox

You can change the newsletters you are subscribed to when you edit your profile

Edit Profile


Special Offers

Latest deals and offers

View today's ePaper!

Read the digital edition
Learn More

Horoscopes

Virgo

If you have been trying to kick an old habit, your resolve will be much stronger now. Overcoming this problem will also put more cash in your...

read more

Marketplace

Special Offers & Promotions

Compare & Save