Rosie Humble’s ongoing dedication to volunteering her time to assist needy students at UOW can be traced back to the early 1980s.

As she saw the smile on the faces of students gratefully receiving their free household goods at UOW’s Goodwill Hunting event recently, her mind stretched back to the days when she worked for the then National Australia Bank agency at the University.

Students would come in to withdraw a couple of dollars at a time when their accounts had little more than several dollars in them. Often the conversation at the teller revealed the students needed the money to buy some lunch and as with Goodwill Hunting now, reminds Rosie of how a little can stretch a long way and make an impact for someone in our community.

Rosie went on to work for 27 years at UOW – 18 years at UniCentre and nine years in the Finance area. She resigned in 2015 but continues to support UOW and our student community in a voluntary capacity, assisting with the running of Goodwill Hunting.

She joins a range of other former and current UOW staff and outside community members providing their time and supply of goods to help ensure the event continues to be such a success.

“My own two girls studied at UOW but they had the comforts of being able to live at home, unlike a lot of other students who face financial struggles,” Rosie said.

Students attending Goodwill Hunting tell her they cherish the free goods on offer as every bit helps towards setting up their rental places.

Rosie said the team was highly motivated by the two Goodwill Hunting organisers—Heidi De Coster and Kay Kent.

Current volunteers consist of David Price (ex UOW staff), Rosie Humble (ex UOW staff), Liz Hilton (ex UOW staff), Jacqui Price (ex UOW staff), Kerrie Karas (current UOW staff), Susan Boyd (ex UOW staff), Maureen Armer (ex UOW staff), Andrew Horne (UOW graduate and ex UOW staff), Sueli Zilli (current UOW staff), Hayley Rodd (current UOW staff), Petra Olbrechtova (current UOW staff) and Paul Humble (Wollongong community).

Co-event organiser, Heidi De Coster, said that more than 1,000 students walked away from the latest Goodwill Hunting event with bags of preloved homewares.

Ms De Coster said Goodwill Hunting has grown so much over the past few years and is now a fixture on UOW’s Orientation Week calendar. This year UOW staff and members of the community made donations which made up more than 500 dinner sets and 180 bags of linen, as well as a large range of electrical items.

View the time lapse video of the Goodwill Hunting event here.