A Little Ray Of Giving - Recipients Receive Fresh Hope

Tegan DeClark
The community responded with support for the Christmas Giving initiative, ‘A Little Ray of Giving’ an idea which joined one of the largest real estate networks across Australia with one of the most recognised community organisations world-wide the Rotary Club.  Local Ray White office, Ray White Toowoomba, were the leaders of the volunteer effort for the Darling Downs Region.   Members of the community from all walks of life dropped by the office on Herries Street and delivered presents. The Toowoomba Garden City Rotary Club, had the task of choosing the recipients of the gifts donated by the community in which The Fresh Hope Association was nominated. Fresh Hope is an incorporated, non-profit community based program founded in July, 1999 and administered by a thirteen member committee. Fresh Hope Association as a therapeutic rehabilitation home with an eighteenth month residential program is specifically designed for mothers and their children who suffer drug/alcohol abuse due to the mother's addiction assisting both to recover from the effect of substance abuse while building self esteem, parenting, life skills and practical living skills in a safe environment. [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="580"] L-R Katrina Rumball, Lindsay Southwell, Katrina McDougall and Tegan DeClark. Ray White Toowoomba Agent Tegan DeClark and Co-Principle Lindsay Southwell, With the help of Katrina McDougall give Katrina Rumball from Fresh Hope the presents for the children.[/caption] Fresh Hope is the only rehabilitation centre in Queensland that provides a program for mothers suffering substance abuse where they can bring and keep their children with them while undergoing rehab. Fresh Hope has a program for the mothers and another for the children which deals with their previous dysfunctional lifestyle and the root causes of the addiction while re-building their lives to become functioning, responsible parents and secure loved children. Tegan DeClark, from Ray White Toowoomba was thrilled with the response from the individuals who donated and would like to offer a heart filled thanks to those who gave, not just a gift, but the time, energy and sacrifice required “An additional 41 children in total will receive gifts this Christmas, thanks to you.  Your generosity is much appreciated!”  The staff and agents took great joy in watching the presents build up around the tree and then on Friday the 21st, passed on to Fresh Hope for distribution.  “It’s just the start” said Mrs DeClark, “We hope that next year, we’ll have a much bigger response and will continue for years to come!” To learn more about Fresh Hope or to find out how you can help, visit their website www.freshhope.org or call 1300 557 103 Photo was contributed by Syd Owen, from Owen Studios www.owenstudios.com.au