Dressed in their country and western style for the Gympie National Seniors themed meeting are (standing from left) Shirley Lund, Dulcie Wessling, (seated) Kathleen Murphy and Val Harris.
Dressed in their country and western style for the Gympie National Seniors themed meeting are (standing from left) Shirley Lund, Dulcie Wessling, (seated) Kathleen Murphy and Val Harris. Contributed

Money needed to resume aid

THIRTY Gympie National Seniors braved the cool night air to hear Georgie-Anna Manthey speak about her three months volunteer work with the Watoto Group in Uganda, East Africa.

After a delicious dinner Georgie-Anna put on a slide show of the children she worked with while in Uganda.

She was only 18 years old when she left Gympie to fly to the East African nation for three months to work with under two-year-old babies who were orphaned, sick or dying.

She made friends with a small boy named Cooper who treated her as his mum. Cooper's parents broke his legs and arm because he ate food without asking.

Unfortunately he died in Georgie-Anna's arms - a very sad time for her.

Although she is only 20 years old, Georgie is working hard to go back to Uganda and is hoping to raise $26,000 by November so she can stay for two years. The money would cover her living expenses during that time.

She brought along some jewellery made by the African people out of rolled paper to help raise that money.

After answering a few questions president Col presented her with a small gift as thanks for speaking.

Raffles were won by Jean Johnson-Carlson and Ann Day, while lucky door Scratch-its were won by Bonnie Pearce and Beryl Polkinghorne.

Flowers were given to Joy and Bruce Drummond who will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on June 2.

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