Packed with love for our serving troops
OVER the last decade, the Romans have sent more than 2000 care packages to serving troops.
From packets of Tim Tams to portions of vegemite, each parcel includes more than just the tastes of home; it symbolises care, respect and the acknowledgement of a greater good.
Bill and Jill Romans have been sending the packages for more than 10 years, and each and every one is a reminder that there are those risking their lives for civilians everywhere.
Last week was no exception, when local school children ÀRFNHG WR %HROLWH WR KHOS FRP pile another 216 packages.
Joined by Brigadier David Westphalen, and later Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon), the packages included all the comforts of home; from Allen’s Lollies to Nescafe sachets.
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Others who also helped with the packages include: the Gundowring Red Cross, Jamieson &UDIW *URXS 0DQV¿HOG 3ULQW HUV 0DQV¿HOG 1HZVDJHQF\ 0DQV¿HOG 6HFRQGDU\ &ROOHJH and Beolite Retirement Village.
PACKED WITH LOVE: Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon) travelled to Mansfield just to check in with the teams responsible for the care packages. She is pictured with Bill Romans.
PACKAGES THAT CARE: Mansfield has sent an amazing 2031 care packages to serving troops, with 216 sent out just last week. Pictured (from left) are Andrew Marshall from Foodworks, Bill and Jill Romans, Cindy McLeish (MLA, Eildon) and Brigadier David Westphalen.