Anita Grace is one of those people who you just can’t help but smile when you talk to her.
Passionate about supporting their local community, Anita has been working together with Clive Samson and Michelle Jackman for a while now. Their focus – doing little things that make a big difference.
“A few weeks ago, Michelle, Clive and I met up, when things were just on the brink with this whole COVID-19 crisis”, Anita says. “Clive was keen to get some of the local kids back on country to keep them safe, on a positive path and connect with the land. So, we needed to organise some donations to make sure they had all they needed to do that”.
The clothing drive isn’t something new that they created for the health pandemic. Anita, Michelle and Clive have been running the very friendly and informal donation initiative for a while now.
Anita is employed by Pilbara Community Services Ltd (PCSL), who is a not-for-profit organisation contracted by the Department of Corrective Services. PCSL support clients not only whilst they are incarcerated at Roebourne Regional Prison but also once they have been released back into their communities within the Pilbara region. Anita is the Newman Post Release Officer who supports & assists the clients & their families in all areas of the reintegration process. This can be in the way of housing, banking, employment, Centrelink, general health & wellbeing, appointments, clothing & many more areas that Anita goes above & beyond for.
“When people and families come out, and back into town, they often need a fresh start and for many that starts with clothes for job interviews”.
But, according to Anita, it’s Michelle and Clive, who are the real unsung heroes.
“They have so much knowledge of the Newman community – who needs a little extra support or who to check in on – but they go about it in the most respectful ways. I mean, Michelle has even been driving 40km each way every day to get local kids to school and Clive is so focussed on ensuring young people have strong supporters in their lives to keep them out of trouble.”
Special mentions also go out to Carole Williams and Family, the Jones, Robinson, Atkins and Brooke families, and Peter and June Tinker for all that they do to help with these donations and get them to those who need them most.
“All these people are working together to make sure that if they see people in the community who have a need – especially now when you can't just pop to the shops as easily as you could – are looked after. They aren’t making a big deal of it, they are just flying under the radar, but going above and beyond with so much love for the people in their community.”
If you’d like to get involved or have any items to donate (currently they need shoes, swags and tents), you can get in touch with Anita. Luckily enough, she runs Celebrations in Newman, one of the few shops that remain open, so you can drop any donations off there or give her a call on 9175 1040.