CHEER FOR OUR TROOPS

Vet­er­ans post care packs

Chinchilla News - - FRONT PAGE - For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.de­fence.gov.au/ Events/Sup­port­TheTroops/. Amani Vas­sil­iou Amani.Vas­sil­[email protected]­chillanews.com.au — Bill Belcher

SOL­DIERS serv­ing in Afghanistan will en­joy some home com­forts this Christ­mas thanks to the ded­i­ca­tion of the Chin­chilla RSL Sub-branch.

Last Fri­day, mem­bers came to­gether to pack 14 boxes of good­ies and es­sen­tials in­tended to be dis­patched to troops on de­ploy­ment.

John Mof­fitt said hopes were high the boxes would em­u­late the feel­ing many mem­bers ex­pe­ri­enced when they them­selves were serv­ing in wars away from home.

“Bill Belcher and I were both Viet­nam vets and we got things like this when we were up in Viet­nam,” Mr Mof­fitt said.

“I re­mem­ber the Sal­va­tion Army gave us boxes just like this, and there was a lit­tle Christ­mas cake in it.

“It was fan­tas­tic, every­body com­mented on how won­der­ful they were.”

While these packs don’t con­tain Christ­mas cakes, they are filled with com­forts that would warm any Aus­tralian’s heart.

From socks to shavers, Vegemite and bis­cuits, the packs have been care­fully crafted from good­ies gen­er­ously do­nated by RSL mem­bers, Drakes Chin­chilla and Wool­worths.

“We made sure they each had lip balms be­cause we know it’s hot and dry over there,” Mr Mof­fitt said.

“There are prob­a­bly 300-400 troops still over there train­ing and we wish them all a safe jour­ney home next year.

“We truly hope to see them in the new year.”

This sen­ti­ment was echoed by sub-branch pres­i­dent Bill Belcher, who said it was a small act of Christ­mas com­pas­sion.

“These pack­ages will not make up for the fact that these peo­ple are away from fam­ily and friends at Christ­mas, but at least we hope they know how ap­pre­ci­ated they are,” Mr Belcher said.

“The Chin­chilla RSL Sub-branch wish the troops all the best for Christ­mas and the new year and wish them a safe re­turn next year.”

The pack­ages will jour­ney to Syd­ney be­fore be­ing dis­patched from Rich­mond on a plane over­seas.

Last year the De­part­ment of De­fence was over­whelmed by more than 40 tonnes (20,000 care pack­ages) for about 2400 de­ployed per­son­nel.

For those wish­ing to ex­press their sup­port for troops away from their loved ones on Christ­mas Day, there are var­i­ous av­enues pos­si­ble.

These pack­ages will not make up for the fact that these peo­ple are away from fam­ily and friends at Christ­mas, but at least we hope they know how ap­pre­ci­ated they are.

PHOTO: AMANI VAS­SIL­IOU

THINK­ING OF YOU: John Mof­fitt, Mur­ray Travis and Ray­mond Heath pack­ing boxes of good­ies to send to troops in Afghanistan for Christ­mas.

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