News

Coles worker takes on second job to help charity

INSPIRING: Veronica Ohl with one of her 300 shoeboxes to be sent around the world to children in need.
INSPIRING: Veronica Ohl with one of her 300 shoeboxes to be sent around the world to children in need. Luka Kauzlaric

VERONICA Ohl knows nothing else but to give, and now she has been forced to receive.

Ms Ohl has worked at Coles for 27 years and recently was awarded the Coles Community Hero for Central Queensland, after being recognised for her inspiring charity work.

For 20 years, Ms Ohl has filled shoeboxes with presents for Operation Christmas, an initiative of the Samaritans Purse.

What started as only a few shoeboxes a year grew into 267 last year and 300 this year.

Ms Ohl said her charity work left her with no spare time, but she wouldn't have it any other way.

"I work full-time for Coles. I am on my own now, so when I decided to do this in such large quantities I needed another job," she said.

"I have to work two jobs but that doesn't matter. It just makes me feel privileged to be able to live in Australia."

The shoeboxes are filled with something to love, something to play with, something for personal hygiene, something for school, something special and something to wear.

Each shoebox costs Ms Ohl about $25, which is about $7500 in total.

Not only did Ms Ohl win the award, she also receives $300 in gift cards and 40 hours of paid leave.

Ms Ohl plans to spend that free time packing the boxes.

"My daughter, who is a doctor in Townsville, is actually having the week off to pack boxes with me," she said.

"My living room is now full of boxes, this is not a once-a-year thing, I work at it all year."

Ms Ohl's charity work is not restricted to 300 shoeboxes for Operation Christmas.

"I lend money to a charity that gives micro loans to disadvantaged people overseas," she said.

"I have six loans outstanding at the moment and when they are paid off, I find another person to loan the money to.

"I donate to Canteen and ReCreation Foundation every month and also help out the local RSPCA, Foster Carers and the Red Cross."

Coles Gladstone manager Tony Shaw said it was inspiring to have Ms Ohl on his staff.

"She is so dedicated, I really appreciate it," he said. "She is just fantastic, just such a great role model to have."

In Ms Ohl's true charitable nature, she chooses not to seek recognition from those who receive her shoe boxes, but is happy she can help.

Topics:  charity coles fundraising supermarket



How to survive a bushfire in your car

IT SOUNDS like a nightmare, but it can happen.

Eight reasons to join the RFS

SPREAD across 93% of Queensland, the Rural Fire Service has about 36,000 volunteers. And you could be one of them.

What if my insurer gives me grief?

CLAIMING your insurance cover after a natural disaster can go one of two ways. It can be a breeze, or like pulling teeth.

Thieves flog public art installation

MISSING ART: The signs, part of a work by Gladstone artist Felicia Lloyd, were installed at and stolen from Apex Park.

THE work was gone within 12 hours of being installed.

Mine worker questioned over time spent in ute

All hands were on deck fixing a dragline while fitter Brice Little was reclined in his ute listening to the radio- but was he asleep?

Fair Work to decide if BMA mine worker was asleep or bludging

UPDATE: Woman dead after Gladstone CBD horror crash

HORRIBLE: An accident at the Queensland Rail Institute hall has left someone dead.

A WOMAN has died in a car crash in Gladstone's CBD.

Local Partners

Chris Pratt's 'mental preparation' for going nude on screen

Actor Chris Pratt

New film took some mental preparation for Chris Pratt

Spiderman star used fake name to research role

Spiderman star Tom Holland.

Spiderman star went undercover at Brooklyn highschool

What's on the small screen this week

A scene from the TV documentary Running Wild: Australia's Camels.

TWO new Aussie docos will pique your interest.

EXCLUSIVE: Meet Robert Irwin, wildlife photographer

SNAPPER: Apart from wildlife, photography is Robert Irwin's great passion.

Steve's boy has a passion for photography

Louis Tomlinson's tribute to late mother

Louis Tomlinson's new single is a tribute to his late mother.

Justin Timberlake stuns students with secret class

Justin Timberlake stunned high school students in Sydney

Essential to get new Maroochydore CBD fundamentals right

LOOKING AHEAD: The central business district at Maroochydore is planned to be the heart of the Sunshine Coast.

SunCentral reports good progress on 53ha Sunshine Coast city heart

'Crucial' farm land eyed by defence department

Lawson Geddes moving the Brangus cattle to higher ground - which is the land the Defence Department is interested taking for the Shoalwater Bay expansion.

"You can't have one without the other.”

Former Shark Show for sale for $1.3 million

Vic Hislop at the old Shark Show.

TALK about a jaws-dropping real estate opportunity.

There's a whole lot of luxury in this home

The Endeavour Foundation's latest prize home in Mountain Creek.

WHEN it comes to desirable homes, it's hard to go past a prize home.

Ipswich City Properties asset portfolio retains its value

Ipswich City Council Administration Building, South Street, Ipswich. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times

New website launched by Ipswich City Council

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!