Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Rosies Volunteer Offers Company and a Cuppa

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Rosies Volunteer Offers Company and a Cuppa

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CAROL Schultz has been dedicating her life to helping youth as a Rosies volunteer since she was 18 years old and as Warwick's local coordinator she still gets immense satisfaction when she is greeted by her "friends on the street".

"Last Friday night when the van pulled up at Leslie Park we had young people waiting for us," Mrs Schultz said.

"When they saw the van they ran to the picnic tables to greet us. As I reversed the van into position I heard one of our volunteers say 'they're everywhere, they're running to us'. That was a very satisfying moment."

Mrs Schultz first joined the organisation because of her desire to work with underprivileged people.

"At the time I was studying to be a special education teacher with the hope of working with emotionally-challenged young people as a teacher," she said.

"In my youth I was challenged by the simplicity of the work of Rosies. I thought that we could always do more. I thought, at the time, education was the key and so I became a teacher."

Although her faith is often tested Mrs Schultz believes "a lifetime of choices and experiences creates who we are".

"If I were to think about a lesson that has taught me about life and faith I would have to say that it has been given to me through the death of loved ones," she said.

"When I was thirteen my father died from cancer and that taught me to take life more seriously than most kids my age.

"I also lost my mother to cancer nine years ago.

"When I volunteered for Rosies as a teenager some of the young people we worked with died from drug overdoses and suicide. The loss of people close to me motivates me to embrace life and to realise the importance of now."

Mrs Schultz said it was often difficult to witness the injustices endured by the people she aimed to help.

"Many have been abused as children or have a disability and although they may not be the kind of people that many would go out of their way to be around, they are real people, and someone needs to reach them at some level," she said.

"I believe that the most powerful thing we can do for people is to be present with them along life's journey. …

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