Vol­un­teers to Rock the House project

Maroochy Weekly - - LIFE -

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.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

RE­WARD­ING: Vicki Hockey and a fel­low volunteer in­side one of the houses they built last year.

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