HERE TO HELP: Community service group Storm Co from Brisbane will be returning to Eidsvold and Monto next week to lend a helping hand. Pictured here at Ridgehaven Retirement Complex in 2018.
HERE TO HELP: Community service group Storm Co from Brisbane will be returning to Eidsvold and Monto next week to lend a helping hand. Pictured here at Ridgehaven Retirement Complex in 2018. Contributed

Storm Co returns to lend a helping hand

ALTHOUGH they only come once a year, a Brisbane group is well on its way to becoming considered locals in the towns of Eidsvold and Monto.

Storm Co, which stands for 'Service to Others Really Matters', are teams of students past and present from Northpine Christian College who volunteer to serve in rural communities in Queensland.

Since 2013, a team has been visiting Eidsvold, hosting kids clubs in the morning and performing community service in the afternoons, and since last year a team has gone to Monto too.

"We've made a lot of friends in the community,” Monto team leader Sharyn Harrington, a chaplain, said.

"As soon as we come, they know we're here.”

Community service group Storm Co from Brisbane will be returning to Eidsvold and Monto next week to lend a helping hand.
Community service group Storm Co from Brisbane will be returning to Eidsvold and Monto next week to lend a helping hand. Contributed

She said the Storm experience hopes to impart on students a philosophy of "giving and not expecting anything back in return,” Pr Harrington said.

"It's a really positive experience for the kids.

"From a city point of view, they don't necessarily experience rural communities, life is different out here.”

Pr Harrington said the team didn't know what to expect when they first went to Monto last year, but they were bowled over by the response.

"I think on our biggest day we had something like 80 kids,” she said.

Community service group Storm Co from Brisbane will be returning to Eidsvold and Monto next week to lend a helping hand.
Community service group Storm Co from Brisbane will be returning to Eidsvold and Monto next week to lend a helping hand. Contributed

The trip will be extra special for Pr Harrington, as she grew up in Monto until moving when she was 17.

"It's pretty cool going around and knowing some names,” she said.

"It's nice to come back home.”

Storm Co will be hosting kids club activities in Monto Showgrounds Pavilion from July 1-4, 9.30-11.30am.

In Eidsvold, Kids Club will be at the Community Centre from July 1-5, 9.30-11am.

In the afternoon, teams will be available to help with odd jobs such as gardening, cleaning, painting, rubbish removal, dog walking or just for a chat.

For Monto, ph Sharyn, 0402265654, or Eidsvold, ph Damien, 0406380398.


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