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Gifts of comfort and hope for Cape York communities

23 August 2019

More than 110 comfort packs containing vital hygiene and sanitary items will help patients who  travel from remote communities, thanks to a generous donation from Cairns company Small
World Journeys.

Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service Nurse Navigator Manager Rachel Sargeant said the comfort packs would make a big difference to clients and patients who travelled to health care centres and major hospitals away from their communities.

“Often these patients travel far from home or must travel quickly, and they don’t have basic toiletries with them,” Ms Sargeant said.

“The comfort packs are available for both men and women.

“They contain all the essential hygiene and sanitary products that people need whilst they are staying in hospital, as well as handwritten messages of hope and support which will hopefully bring smiles to their faces.”

Examples of messages:

  • Be brave, you’re a beautiful soul
  • You can do whatever you set your heart on
  • You are seen and you are loved
  • I hope you have a blessed day, remember you are loved
  • Stay strong and live a beautiful life
  • Have fun shaving, we are thinking of you
  • Good luck and best wishes for your future
  • Hope you are having a great day, you have my support
  • I hope your day is going well, best wishes for the future and follow your dreams.

Small World Journeys Managing Director Laurie Pritchard said the comfort packs were created by their high school student groups.

“We offer as part of our tours a community service project which gives the students a chance to give back,” Ms Pritchard said.

“Our message to the students is that to contribute towards sustainability, you can contribute to and support the community.

“I met Rachel (Sargeant) at a fundraiser and she and I started talking about the needs of people who come to Cairns from the communities, often with nothing with them.

“These packs are meant for them, and to go to communities where toiletries are expensive and sometimes not available.’’
Ms Sargeant said the comfort packs would be distributed by the Nurse Navigators in Cairns, Cooktown, Weipa and Thursday Island over the next few weeks.

“I’d like to thank our Nurse Navigators, and everyone involved at Small World Journeys on behalf of our patients and clients in communities right across our region,” she said.

“It’s a great example of how a simple gift and message of hope can make a big difference to people in our remote communities.”

PHOTO CAPTION: Members of the Torres and Cape Hospital and Health Service team - Kirby Schefe, Douane
Heppner, Oliver Hauser and Rachel Sargeant.

Last updated: 18 September 2019