IF YOU ask Liz Spicer about the Kyabram community she’ll tell you one thing — their generosity knows no bounds.
Walking into her chaplain’s office at Kyabram P-12, you’re surrounded by food and items which have been donated for the students of the school.
And it’s all from locals.
Liz presented the Year 12s with their first care package of food for the year, one of many to come.
“People have donated hundreds of Target vouchers, socks, a few hundred dollars and things like that, all for me to distribute to the kids,” she said.
“And just last week I had someone come in bringing clothes, then another with socks.
“In Ky children are fed, clothed and comforted by chaplaincy; it provides them with a consistent comfort.”
And it’s clear there’s definitely the need for her at the school as a steady stream of students come into her office at the beginning of recess, taking things to snack on.
They made short work of a bag of bread rolls as they grabbed one and sat on the couches around the office, chatting to one another and sharing stories with Liz.
“It’s important to have consistency in a child’s life because there are many who don’t have that and they do struggle,” Liz said.
“Chaplaincy is a vehicle for us to provide to people who may need assistance, but we always need people to donate to us and anything we receive from the community is wonderful.”
Liz said she couldn’t total the amount of money received and goods donated to her throughout her 17 years at P-12.
“The dilemma is that we, as chaplains, aren’t supposed to boast about the work we do, but that can mean a lot of people don’t know what we do,” she said.
“But in town, as I walk down the street, I have people coming up to me and handing me money to use to buy items, it’s really wonderful.”
During the time we were talking, Dennis Wood dropped in a crate of pears for students to eat.
“He’s known as ‘the man with the food’ to the kids here and so help him if the students saw him turn up empty handed,” Liz joked.
“Dennis is amazing, he brings things from around the area in to us here — food and goods which I can distribute.”