True Aussie spirit

Re­ward­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for Ir­ish cou­ple as they of­fer a help­ing hand

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Sue Har­ris sue.har­ris@cnbtimes.com.au

HUGH Bradley and Meghan Maguire, from Ire­land, are not typ­i­cal Blaze Aid vol­un­teers, but this young cou­ple fit in well with the Aussie grey no­mads at the Mun­dub­bera base.

While in Aus­tralia on a work­ing hol­i­day, they ar­rived in Gin Gin and learned about how vol­un­teers gave hope to flood-af­fected farm­ers.

As the Blaze Aid base in Gin Gin was clos­ing, the cou­ple came to Mun­dub­bera where they worked on sev­eral properties, in­clud­ing Bridgeview, owned by the Ford fam­ily.

“We even learned to fence,” Mr Bradley said.

Their ser­vice to the com­mu­nity was not only rewarded by the hos­pi­tal­ity of those they helped but also by the of­fer of some paid em­ploy­ment.

“We then worked dur­ing the week and vol­un­teered on the week­end,” Ms Maguire said.

“But we took time off to go to the Bush Spirit Fes­ti­val in Eidsvold and bumped into lots of peo­ple we knew from our work with Blaze Aid.

“We’re pleased we were able to help and will re­mem­ber the ex­pe­ri­ence al­ways.”

PHOTO: SUE HAR­RIS

HELPERS FROM IRE­LAND: Mun­dub­bera's Gavin Ford was de­lighted to get to know Ir­ish cou­ple Meghan Maguire and Hugh Bradley who vol­un­teered with Blaze Aid.

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