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Neighbours Aid E News April 2021

Honouring Rob Scoates
Another Neighbours Aid Hero

The Neighbours Aid family offers our condolences to Delise Scoates and the family as we farewell their much loved husband, father and grandfather after a brave battle with cancer.

Rob and Delise were two of our first volunteers, going on to manage the Nambour Howard St store before handing over to Luke Zanetti. They also helped us set up our Maroochydore and Lawnton stores.

Rob was loved by many and remembered for his kindness, humility, and cheeky sense of humour. He and Delise worked tirelessly to support the children in Neighbours Aid projects. We honour him today.

Rest in Peace Rob.
News from our Mooloolaba Store
Our Mooloolaba manager Jennie has sent these inspiring stories about two of her volunteers.
Dante is one of our success stories. He started volunteering in September 2018 doing the sorting and pricing of books. Dante was very quiet and shy when he started but that quickly changed with all of us giving him an ear bashing daily. He just needed to gain some confidence. He then moved to the technology area and he excelled in it. He became one of my supervisors and took on a lot of responsibility for a 20 year old. He then got a job with Steps in a warehouse and has since been promoted to their office. We are all very proud of Dante and so happy that someone recognized his abilities and gave him a chance. Our loss has been someone else’s gain. We had another young man volunteer with us. His name was Ryley. He wrote us a lovely letter when he left to take up paid employment. When he went for an interview the two ladies who interviewed him asked what he had been doing while he wasn’t working. He told them he was volunteering for us and had learnt POS. When they offered him the job he asked why and they said, “Well, if you give your time freely to help a charity you are just the kind of person we want on our team.”

Jennie says, “COVID was a challenge as most of our volunteers are in the higher risk category but true to form our people stood tall and took on the work load adapting and learning new skills to keep our store stocked and open. Our regular customers were so happy to see us when we reopened after being closed for 6 weeks as we have become friends. It’s so lovely that our customers look on us as friends as we do try to make everyone feel special. I am very proud of our volunteers. We have a lot of work to do but we also have a good time doing it.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

May you have the pessimism to look steadily and unflinchingly at the problems and the optimism to perceive and pursue the opportunities hiding behind them!”
– Natasha Moore

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