On Saturday the 29 September we left Regents Park Christian School at 5am and began our journey to Tamworth to drop off your donated goods. Mr Barnard, our school Principal drove us all to Tamworth. There were about 20 people in the bus, and there were 3 other SUV’s which transported all the donations.
We had packed the goods in categories, such as pastas in a box, pasta sauces in another box, etc. There were around 30 boxes in total. We also had donations of gift cards to the value of $780. The Secondary students also had written lovely notes of
encouragement for the farmers.
We reached Tamworth Baptist Church at lunch time, where we were served lunch and joined by another church from
Wollongong who were visiting Tamworth for the weekend.
After lunch we were invited to play world cup soccer organised by the local church. The families who did not want to play soccer had the opportunity to visit the local Marsupial Park and were able to see the native fauna. After this we drove to the lookout point where there is a big cross which overlooks Tamworth. This was quite breathtaking. That night we were very tired and we all camped in the church hall.
The next morning we were able to participate in their Sunday service, where we presented the gift cards and the notes of encouragement to be given to the farming community. Soon after church we drove to the local distribution point in Tamworth, which was the Salvation Army Distribution Centre where we unloaded all our boxes. It was truly a team effort!
After some lunch back at the church we began the drive home. We left Tamworth with our cars empty but our hearts full.
A couple of days after our return home, we received a phone call from Tamworth to advise us that from all our donations, 95
hamper boxes had been generously filled and given to families affected by the drought.
We can’t thank the school community enough for all the kind and generous donations that you made. We are proud and humbled to be part of this school family.
“Serve one another with Love” Galatians 5:13b
– Jared and Jemuel Simion