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RSL helping Australian troops in the Middle East

• Pictured packing boxes for the Care Packs project are Foster RSL members L to R: Jim O’Day, Ian Sutton, Gwenda Bevan and Carole Williams.

FOSTER Sub Branch RSL has taken up a project called Care Packs, to help our military service personnel posted overseas. Welfare officer Brian Mellor is leading the local effort, which will provide deployed service men and women with otherwise unobtainable items to make life a little easier.

“In countries like Afghanistan and Iraq there are times when our military forces are deployed to isolated places where everyday items we take for granted are unavailable” Brian explained.  “Care packs can make a difference to our service men and women in these situations”.

Foster RSL members are currently obtaining goods such as shampoo, hand cream, toothpaste and toothbrushes, vegemite, tea and coffee, soap, insect repellent, Aussie sweets such as Allens, biscuits, instant noodles and magazines, to name a few.  And even the explosive detecting dogs that are part of the operations at times are benefitting as well, with the inclusion of dog treats.

The Care Packs are in the form of cardboard mailing boxes, which have generously been provided by the Foster Post Office.  Goods are packed into the boxes, following the recommendations supplied, then sent to Sydney for inspection and repacking if needed. The Care Packs will be a welcome Christmas present to Australian soldiers serving in the Middle East.

Many thanks to the Foster Post Office for providing the mailing boxes free of charge and to Australia Post for their free delivery.  If anyone in the community would like to contribute an item from the list above, your contribution would be most welcome and can be dropped off at the Foster RSL rooms, Main Street, Foster, between 4pm and 6pm Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

Carole Williams

Publicity Officer

Foster RSL Sub Branch

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