Lime­light shines on twins’ work

Weekend Courier - - Front Page -

WORK­ING away in the back­ground is where a pair of Rock­ing­ham twins who de­vote their lives to help­ing the home­less pre­fer to stay.

Not so, how­ever, on Aus­tralia Day when they were awarded the hon­our of be­ing the 2018 Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zens of the Year for Rock­ing­ham.

Pa­tri­cia Pow­ell and Eileen Giles be­gan the Ser­vants of United Love (SOUL) Soup Pa­trol in 2008 and the award is the per­fect way to kick off the group’s 10th an­niver­sary.

Ms Pow­ell said they mainly helped women who were preg­nant and be­come home­less.

“Some of these young women may have come over on a stu­dent visa and have no fam­ily to re­turn home too,” she said. “It is get­ting harder, more fam­i­lies are strug­gling.”

Ms Giles said they founded the soup kitchen to­gether.

“Much came from our faith, which is very im­por­tant to us,” she said.

“We teach girls how to do things eco­nom­i­cally, ba­sic life skills they were never taught be­cause they did not grow up in a good fam­ily en­vi­ron­ment.

“It is lovely to see them blos­som.”

“We do things like our grand­mas did, like mak­ing jams and pre­serves and sewing.”

The identical twins were sur­prised to receive the award.

“We knew we were nom­i­nated but we cer­tainly didn’t go along to the cer­e­mony with any ex­pec­ta­tions,” they said.

“It’s not about us, we spear­head the or­gan­i­sa­tion but it’s our vol­un­teers who do all the hard work; there are about 50 of them.”

“Kolbe and Tranby also use it as part of their care program for 16-year-olds.”

The other re­cip­i­ents were Youth Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen of the Year Ai­dan Black­shaw, Se­nior Com­mu­nity Cit­i­zen of the Year Peter Philipps and Com­mu­nity Group/Event of the Year Bal­divis Li­ons Club with its Bal­divis Com­mu­nity Mar­ket.

Twice as nice... twins Pa­tri­cia Pow­ell and Eileen Giles run a soup kitchen.

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