Cyclone Seroja: Northampton mums pitch in to help families in need

Phoebe PinMidwest Times
Trinita Suckling, Gemma Suckling, Aimee Carson, Bethwyn Smith and Verity Harriman have been preparing meals for Northampton families.
Camera IconTrinita Suckling, Gemma Suckling, Aimee Carson, Bethwyn Smith and Verity Harriman have been preparing meals for Northampton families.

While a home-cooked meal cannot solve all the world’s problems, the kindness behind a warm dinner has gone a long way to help Northampton locals recover from cyclone Seroja.

Most households hit by the April 11 cyclone in the Mid West town have now regained a sense of normality, but there are some families still struggling to get back on their feet.

A group of St Mary’s Catholic School Northampton parents have been preparing meals and school lunches to ensure these locals whose homes remain damaged have one less chore to worry about.

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Northampton parent Trinita Suckling said she started cooking meals for her cyclone-displaced cousin, and the volunteer initiative grew from there.

“We knew people were struggling and in a country town, where things like sports, parents and friends groups need hands-on commitment, this kind of parent support is so important,” she said.

St Mary’s Catholic School Northampton principal Ben Will, said the volunteer group was a testament to the community spirit.

“It is actions like these that truly represent what all Catholic schools work so hard to be in the communities they serve,” he said.

“I am always impressed by the incredible dedication shown by parents, particularly during times such as these.

“Parents act as first educators, but they also continue to step up and work tirelessly behind the scenes, when it’s often needed the most.”

Meal and school lunch deliveries will continue until mid-June, when all families are expected to be rehomed.

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