Woman's charitable heart came from hardship
ORGANISER of the Warwick Christmas Markets Maggie Kask knows what it means to be down and out.
While she struggled to come to terms with the death of her daughter back when she lived in Geelong, she remembers the help from a church group which kept her going through the dark period.
Now she aims to be the helping hand for others who have found themselves in tough circumstances.
"I've been in those situations myself, having to ask for food from op shops and needing assistance,” she said.
"I don't know where I would be if I didn't have that help there.”
Ms Kask sells all manners of knitwear from her Warwick Lions Country Market stall including, scarves, beanies and doll clothes.
All her profits go towards her charity.
"Sometimes if I see the family don't have a lot of money I will give my items away, just to put a smile on a kid's face.”
She runs the Warwick Charity Markets with her good friend Virgil Bradfield.
The charity focusses on giving struggling families the financial and social support they need to get through Christmas time.
"Virgil and I are both alone but we are alone together,” she said.
"It does not matter if you don't have much yourself, when you give someone a cheque so they can do their Christmas shopping, you realise how little what you have means in the end.”
Her charity is not just relegated to the festive season though, as the community often reaches out to her and Mr Bradfield when they are in need.
"Not long ago we provided a family with assistance in leaving Warwick because they were having trouble,” she said.
"That's what it is all for, we want to be that helping hand for people.”