Meet the Springfield Woman Who Gives Hope to Foster Kids through ‘Ububele’

Ububele is a Zulu word that translates to kindness, compassion and generosity. This is what a Springfield Lakes woman does, through a non-profit organization she also named Ububele.

Tamlyn Moore wanted to help kids who are relocating into foster care by making backpacks for them and filling them with things they might find useful, like clothes, a toy, or a book. 

Mrs Moore has a long history of helping foster kids. Back then, she used to help through the Pyjama Foundation, an Albion-based organisation founded in 2004 to give children in foster care the opportunity to change the direction of their lives with learning, life skills, and confidence.

“Through the help of your donations, Ububele will strive to provide starter packs for kids changing carers or entering care for the first time.This charity won’t be able to help all of them but together we may be able to help some,” Mrs Moore said through Ububele’s page.

Last August, Ububele hosted a Collection Drive at Grande Park where they collected new and pre-loved clothing and other essentials for babies and young kids entering the foster care system for the first time. 

Her goal is to collect around 30 backpacks by the end of 2019, but as early as September, Ububele has passed their goal and acquired 35 in total, with more stock to be packed.

Every backpack contains stuff that is applicable to the child’s age group. According to Mrs Moore, each backpack holds one book, one toy and clothing to match the child’s age.

In addition to backpacks, books, and toys, Ububele welcomes items like baby bottles, change mats, towels, new or unopened toiletries, sealed formula, wipes, nappy bags, and linen for cots and bassinets.

If you would like to help or if you have any questions regarding donation items they do accept, you can send Ububele a message through Facebook.

Springfield’s Colonel Michael Batiste Leads ANZAC Day Ceremony from Overseas

Last year, longtime-Springfield resident Colonel Michael Batiste emceed the 2016 ANZAC Day Dawn Service at the foot of the Springfield Light Tower memorial. This year, he will reportedly be leading the same service straight from his Afghanistan base.

For 27 years, Colonel Batiste had served under the Royal Australian Ordinance Corps. In 2010, he left the corps so he could manage a supply chain although still serving in the Army Reserve. Just recently, he got called back to active service in Afghanistan. Nevertheless, being out of the country and away from home does not stop him from performing a significant role for Springfield’s ANZAC Day ceremony.

According to Damian Gillett, president of the Springfield Light Tower Association, Colonel Batiste’s video from Afghanistan will be streamed on a big screen at the 5:15 a.m. dawn service in Greater Springfield’s Robelle Domain Parklands. Thousands are expected to join the ceremony and pay their respects to the brave World War heroes.

Mr Gillet said that Colonel Batiste’s overseas address during the ceremony “will bring everything” that they “remember and give thanks for on ANZAC DAY closer to home.” Mr Gillet served under the 6RAR for almost a decade. He left the military to raise a family.

Last year’s dawn service was purportedly expected to take approximately 30 minutes followed with a gunfire breakfast in the Orion Hotel. About 4,000 people, more or less, arrived before the Springfield Light Tower. Countless poppies were placed at the memorial at that time.

For this year’s ANZAC Day dawn service, possible attendees are encouraged by the association to “bring floral tributes” once again. After the service, everyone is invited at the Orion Hotel for the gunfire breakfast and the traditional game of Two-Up, which will commence at 1:00 p.m.

Photo Credit: ANZAC 2016 Dawn Service from Springfield Light Tower/Facebook