True Aussie spirit
Rewarding experience for Irish couple as they offer a helping hand
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.”
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.