Limelight shines on twins’ work
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.