Frank Burkett and Perry Perrement in the Maryborough Catholic Parish Hall preparing soup for the Sew PNG soup night on June 28.
Frank Burkett and Perry Perrement in the Maryborough Catholic Parish Hall preparing soup for the Sew PNG soup night on June 28. Valerie Horton

Sew PNG makes a point of reaching out to help children

A BOATING trip around Papua New Guinea, helping communities in need led a Maryborough couple to form a special connection with Tufi in the Oro province.

The couple met a school teacher forced to close his school six months of the year because of the extreme dry.

There was no water, so Frank and Pat Burkett got them a tank.

The Burketts were invited to visit the school where they noticed a new problem.

"When we came back, we realised children were dressed in rags and the women didn't have much," Pat said.

A sewing group in Maryborough Sew PNG was formed to solve the problem.

Pat said many of their skilled sewers are elderly and sewing takes their mind of their aches and pains.

"The wonderful thing I get out of it is making them very happy," she said.

"They often haven't got anyone to sew for."

Pat said the Tufi people have said no one else has ever cared about them.

Pat and Frank joined up with the St Mary's Parish community, which help organise the supplies shipping.

She said Richer's Transport generously trucks the pallets of goods to Townsville for free where they are shipped to the PNG.

Sew PNG has organised hearty soup night to be held on Saturday June 28 from 7pm at the St Mary's Parish Hall. Cost is $10 per person.

Funds raised will be used to send clothing and school supplies to the PNG.

To book call Pat on 4121 2579.