HELPING HAND: Catherine Cazaly and a group of volunteers at Seventh Day Adventist Church are collecting items to help people in need.
HELPING HAND: Catherine Cazaly and a group of volunteers at Seventh Day Adventist Church are collecting items to help people in need. Jiordan Tolli

Nurse steers change after exposure to struggling families

AFTER seeing the struggles of disadvantaged people in the community through her work as a nurse, Catherine Cazaly is taking steps to effect change.

She is part of a group of volunteers from Seventh-day Adventist Church who are fundraising for a Warwick Community Van to help people in need.

"We're just a group of people wanting to make a change and meet community needs,” she said.

The van will be at Leslie Park once a week providing a meal, basic hygiene packs, emergency homeless kits and clothing.

Their first event is a free Christmas lunch for local farmers and their families on Saturday December 22.

Mrs Cazaly's plan is to thank them for their hard work and resilience with a traditional two-course meal.

"At this time of the year everyone is buying presents, we thought we could give the farmers a present too,” Mrs Cazaly said.

The fun and games kick off at the Warwick Christian College from 1pm.

"I'm not a farmer but I know farmers and they're the first ones to get up and the last to go to bed,” she said.

"Without farmers our nation would stop.”

The lunch will easily cater for 90 people, but she said no one would be turned away.

Donations have varied from anonymous contributors to charity donations from the Adventist Development and Relief Agency who will be providing care packages for farmers on the day.

"They never complain, are always there to have a chat and happy to lend a hand,” she said.

The good work will continue with a massive garage sale on January 13, raising funds for the Warwick Community Van.

"It'll be Warwick's biggest garage sale yet, I can guarantee that,” Mrs Cazaly said.

A shipping container with 3500 items is on its way with everything including furniture, clothing, collectables, kitchen utensils and knick knacks.

Mrs Cazaly said volunteers and donations were always welcome. "If you don't want it, need it or use it, we'll take it,” she said.

To RSVP phone Mrs Cazaly on 0409894908 or visit the Warwick Community Van Facebook page.

For children, advise how many will attend, age, sex and name so a gift can be organised.



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