Sydney sends 40ft of hope to Jamaica’s poor

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Volunteers with QMHR help to pack much needed supplies into a 40ft Container headed for Jamaica.
Volunteers with QMHR help to pack much needed supplies into a 40ft Container headed for Jamaica.

A Sydney Catholic community has again thrown a life-saver to its brothers and sisters in Jamaica, collecting and shipping much-needed supplies in a 40ft container to Kingston, the country’s capital.

Called ‘Container for Hope’ it is an initiative of the Sydney-based charity Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Association (QMHR) and has taken three months of collecting items offered by individuals and companies across Sydney.

The donations, which include toiletries and other personal care items, will be distributed to the poorest of the poor who are under the care of the Missionaries of the Poor (MOP) community. Aurora Doueihy, an early-years educator, said that the project was inspired by past QMHR missions to Jamaica.

“Upon the visit to Missionaries of the Poor in Kingston, the volunteers were blown away by the shortage of resources for the large number of residents under the care of the Brothers,” Ms Doueihy said.

“For example, a box of nappies in Kingston costs almost three times the amount it costs in Sydney and they simply can’t afford to purchase enough of them.

Volunteers with QMHR Hold up a banner with photos from the previous mission to the Missionaries of the Poor Community in Jamaica.
Volunteers with QMHR Hold up a banner with photos from the previous mission to the Missionaries of the Poor Community in Jamaica.

“The objective of this project was also to bring people together, making sacrifices together and changing our perspective on what is truly important during our lifetime.”

QMHR’s Container of Hope has been running for the past three years and the charity is already accepting donations of items and funds for next year.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to assist the least of our brothers and sisters,” said Loris Turk, an accountant who has volunteered with QMHR for many years.

“Every day is a day to be thankful for. When we give, the impact is doubled as it brings joy to the giver and blessings to the receiver.”

QMHR was officially registered as an association in 2011 and has been working closely with the Missionaries of the Poor since 2013 and have organised past missions to their communities in Jamaica and the Philippines.

For more information or to make a contribution visit the website qmhr.reachapp.co/projects or contact Loris on 0414 400 028.

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