Re­cy­cling ef­forts aid char­i­ties

Central Queensland News - - FRONT PAGE - Aden Stokes

SIS­TER Colleen Liver­more and Sis­ter Carmel Boyle from Mary Im­mac­u­late Par­ish, Black­wa­ter, wake up at 5.30am ev­ery day for prayer and af­ter­wards head off for a walk.

Bags in hands, Sr Colleen and Sr Carmel are al­ways on the look­out for rub­bish and also alu­minium cans which they col­lect to aid char­i­ta­ble causes.

Sr Colleen said they have been com­plet­ing their pa­trols for al­most a decade.

“About 10 years ago, the Sal­va­tion Army were col­lect­ing the cans and re­cy­cling them,” she said. “They stopped do­ing it and moved out of town.

“We thought we could con­tinue that be­cause there are all these cans around town, but also some­one else can ben­e­fit.

“Brian Lloyd from the Par­ish is the col­lect­ing depot. He takes the cans to Grace­mere where they are re­cy­cled and he col­lects the money. I be­lieve three cans are worth two cents.

“The money then goes over to what we call the mis­sions. Parts of the world each year are in des­per­ate need, when it comes to our at­ten­tion we send the money there.”

Sr Colleen said the thing that keeps her and Sr Carmel fight­ing the war on waste is that it is money for some­body in need.

“This will pro­vide some­body with food,” she said. “Three cans for two cents doesn’t sound like much to us but it might mean a lot to some­body else.”

Sr Carmel said even a small con­tri­bu­tion could make a big dif­fer­ence.

“There is so much poverty and hunger among the poorer coun­tries,” she said.

“Just the thought of it is enough to keep you go­ing to do some­thing worth­while to help. It might only be small but it helps in the longterm.”

Sr Colleen said the duo had be­come ex­perts in spot­ting cans.

“You know its shape, you know the end of it, the sun­light will be shin­ing on it and you know what’s a can and what’s a plas­tic bot­tle,” she said. “You might be look­ing across the fields and you might spot a can in the dis­tance. As soon as you start walk­ing there will be an­other can close by.”

Sr Colleen said they were also were pleased to do their bit to sup­port Black­wa­ter’s five-star Tidy Town award.

“It’s im­por­tant to have pride in the place you live even though the in­cen­tive to do that would have been some­thing to give to oth­ers,” she said.


WASTE WAR­RIORS: Sr Carmel Boyle and Sr Colleen Liver­more from Mary Im­mac­u­late Par­ish, Black­wa­ter, are de­ter­mined to do their bit to help those less for­tu­nate.

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