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A while ago Mum completed the 100th picture in her colouring in books, and I thought she deserved some sort of recognition for her efforts. I knew there was no point asking Queen Elizabeth to send her congratulations, so I asked on Facebook if anybody would send a congratulatory e-mail pretending to be the Queen. Two friends responded, and now 3 months later, Mum still laughs about her direct link to royalty.

One of the two Queens lives local and her mother gave my Mum a lot of wool, because she crochets rugs for the Cancer Council, but there was a lot of knitted strips and squares in the bags. Mum crocheted all the bits together and made 4 rugs and 4 scarves for homeless people in our area. Hard to believe that people are sleeping rough in bushland and parks around here, they would be freezing and neighbourhoods have been reporting them to authorities and they are getting moved on by the police. People need to realise not every homeless person has a drug or alcohol problem, some may have lost everything through no fault of their own. I know it happens because it happened to my son, he was run over by a 4WD and even though he had everything in place, the fact is, he had to sell everything trying to keep his house. Fact is, it was all in vain because the banks stepped in, and the roll-on effects have been horrendous, all through no fault of my son.

You should never forget the people who put you in your hard times and the people who left you in your hard times, the people that stay with you during your hard times, they are the real people they are the ones you reward when you are back on top.

I completely understand why some people give up, after all, the average rental house round here is $400 a week and if you are on your own and on a pension after paying rent, you would be left with a pitiful amount to live on. Finding people to board with you that you can rely on is not always an option because when you have lost everything, you quickly develop trust issues. Then there are families with small children that have fallen on hard times, it is heartbreaking to think of innocent children sleeping out in the cold.

We are giving the rugs and scarves to the Night Ninjas, they are a group of people that collect and distribute to the homeless out of the goodness of their hearts. There is no middle man, it all goes straight to the homeless and I did not even realise until this winter that there was a homeless problem in the Redlands. Now that I know I will start collecting rugs for next winter. I have been thinking about it and I think ponchos made out of single bed blankets would be ideal, or maybe a blanket in a bag – not new blankets, decent ones from the op shops. This year it is all just ideas because I do not have the money, I am still rebuilding. But I will buy bit by bit and next winter I will be helping.

What was your last act of goodwill?

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Christine Meehan

  1. As a kid growing up in Lightning Ridge, we used to stay at the Walgett Hostel for High School children as it saved us travelling 500 miles a week to get to school, going home on the weekends. I am wondering if the Govt. could make 4 x 40 bed hostels for the homeless (helping them out of the weather and getting them on their feet) 2 x 10 for boys under a certain age/ men for over a certain age and the same for the females (all separate) this would then employ a cook/ cleaner and Matron to oversee everything. Having a TV room and Laundry……what do you think ??

  2. the last good deed I did was to my q-overburdened shopping bag to a young moth who had overspent(I think).She a lot of bags as well as a baby under her arm and a young toddler around her knees She kept dropping things and still had to get across a main road I quickly repacked my shopping so that she could take the large one. I – couldn’t get off the bus as i had an appointment and assumed someone who got off helped her. No such luck! The wonderful generous public allowed her to get herself and her very young children over the road. I have always wished that I had gotten off the bus with her. I have nightmares of one of the children tripping under a car

  3. Good on you….every little bit helps someone. Let others know what you are doing. Im sure there are many others who will help you.

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