Student calls on community donations to send care packages to soldiers

Sharing is caring: Angus Rochester is sending care packages to Australian soldiers and explosive-detecting service dogs deployed overseas. Picture: Chris Lane
Sharing is caring: Angus Rochester is sending care packages to Australian soldiers and explosive-detecting service dogs deployed overseas. Picture: Chris Lane

Angus Rochester knows how much Aussie soldiers love gifts from home.

The 17-year-old has a family history with the military and his cousin is currently serving overseas.

That’s why the St Gregory’s College student has appealed to the community for donations to send care packages to soldiers on deployment.

Angus is undertaking the project as part of the Max Potential program.

The program, run by Campbelltown Catholic Club, pairs ambitious Year 11 students with business mentors and asks them to design and run a community project.

“I know how much it means to soldiers overseas when they get care packages,” Angus said. “They often just get the basics, not very exciting food. Anything extra is a great little treat.”

The Camden resident said the care packages provided a welcome relief from the devastation and war-torn landscapes deployed soldiers normally see on a daily basis.

Angus is thrilled by the response to donation request.

In addition to sweet treats, chips, magazines and other goodies for soldiers, the Year 11 student also asked for donations for explosive detection dogs.

“So many people have been sending in heavy duty Kong dog toys and treats,” Angus said.

“There have been all sorts of donations.”

The teen said people had sent in gifts from as far and wide as Armidale.

The flood of donations has nearly taken up all the spare space in his bedroom.

“I just want to say a big thank you to everyone for helping out,” he said.

“It really does make such a difference to our soldiers.”

Angus will be bagging the care packages in the coming weeks. All packages under two kilograms can be sent for free, so he is aiming to make as many as he can to hit the correct weight.

Angus is still accepting donations to his Max Potential project.

Community members can donate to his school (addressing items to Angus Rochester, Year 11), buildings 3 and 30 at Campbelltown Western Sydney University campus and Sarita’s A Collective Emporium in Camden.