Together as a family, the Hetheringtons have also held many sausage sizzles at local markets and fairs to raise money. Their loyal customers would always help them choose how the funds raised would be spent through ChildFund’s Gifts for Good catalogue. “People enjoy the chance to be involved in the decision-making process and it gives them a chance to think about how little things can make a big difference,” says George.
In the name of accountability, the family would also often write to their local newspaper listing the items that were donated so their customers could see just how far their contributions went towards helping others.
Despite a truck accident that left George badly injured this year, and the girls now at boarding school, they are still discussing new ways they can help fundraise for children and their families through ChildFund.
“Although our contribution may only be a small drop in a huge ocean – at least it is a drop and it is being delivered by ChildFund, which does its utmost to direct those ‘drops’ to those in greatest need,” says Anna.
In 2013, ChildFund is celebrating 75 years of working with children around the world. We are marking this anniversary by sharing personal stories throughout the year from the children and communities we work with, our wonderful supporters and our dedicated staff here in Australia and overseas. Please share them if you find them inspiring!