Delores Waterson is grateful for the support she has received from friends after hitting tough times financially.
Delores Waterson is grateful for the support she has received from friends after hitting tough times financially. MEGAN LEWIS Ml

Battlers find it hard to get ahead

ROCKHAMPTON woman Delores Waterson knows the value of friendship and support as she battles through tough times in her life.

Delores is one of many people across the Rockhampton district burdened by crippling costs and finding it hard to get ahead.

She was living on the Sunshine Coast, but had to return to her home city, Rockhampton, a few months ago for family reasons.

Since then she has been weighed down by ongoing costs to store her furniture on the Sunshine Coast while she organises a removalist.

The problem is it will cost a few thousand dollars to get her furniture to Rockhampton and that’s money Delores doesn’t have at this stage.

One charity even advised Delores to sell her furniture, but that’s all her worldly possessions, containing many sentimental items.

Last week Trevor Woodeson from Aussie Battler Removals contacted The Morning Bulletin to see if anyone in the community could help Delores.

Trevor said he was used to seeing people doing it tough, but Delores’s story highlighted just how hard some people in the community were finding it at the moment.

Delores was hesitant to speak to The Morning Bulletin last week after Trevor had approached the paper.

But she felt her options were running out, having already been to charities and government agencies for support and finding there was only limited help available.

At the moment she is relying on the kindness of friends to help her through.

“I don’t want people to feel as though I’m looking for sympathy or feel sorry for me,” Delores said.

“And I don’t want to be a whinger.

“I’m in a predicament and I’m running out of options.”

Delores said the $310 a month storage fees were eating into her disability pension and the ongoing living costs meant she couldn’t afford the removalist.

“If I had money I would like to help others out, because I know what it’s like when you feel like you may not have a roof over your head,” she said.

Trevor said he would chip in $500 to help Delores and if anyone else would like to help they could call him on 4936 4221 or 0403 337 678.



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