Volunteers to Rock the House project
FOR the second consecutive year Mooloolaba local Vicki Hockey has signed on to help Habitat for Humanity Australia in its massive Rock the House Project in Indonesia in September.
The aim: get 150 Aussie volunteers to build 12 homes in just one week.
Vicki said she had such a powerful and rewarding experience taking part in last year’s build that she can’t wait to get back again this year for the build in Yogyakarta from September 30 to October 7.
And she’d love more Queenslanders to join her helping poor families receive safe and decent housing.
“I originally volunteered for myself,” she says, “for an adventure but soon after being in Yogyakarta I started to have a change in my mind set. The people we were helping have so little yet their hospitality and appreciation was so humbling.
“The smiling faces of the children the natural surrounds were so unique and breathtaking. My group was all lovely people from different walks of life yet we all had the same ambition to help those less fortunate.
“When I returned home I almost felt guilty for having it so good. My friends seemed to worry about petty things, it was so life changing.
“I jumped at the chance to return to finish the job we started last year. I can’t wait to return to see the family we spent time with to see how they are going. I look forward to catching up with people from our first trip and am interested to meet the new volunteers too. We are so lucky here in Australia. It is the least I can do to help make safe homes for less fortunate people.”
The inaugural Rock the House campaign brought together 130 volunteers aged 16-65 from all over Australia who not only helped build 12 homes but also raised more than $260,000 towards the cause.
Habitat’s 2017 Rock the House “give-back” adventure is taking place in the picturesque foothills of Yogyakarta where families are living in poverty, often without access to even the most basic facilities.
Volunteer registration for this year’s build is now open at www.rockthehouse.org.au which offers information and fundraising tips.
REWARDING: Vicki Hockey and a fellow volunteer inside one of the houses they built last year.