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This week, 2 Community Aid Abroad legends passed away – Judy Warrell and Kath Sharpe, pictured modelling Close the Gap Day wrist-bands at a Close the Gap Day event held in Carlton in 2014.

Judy started volunteering with Oxfam Australia (originally known as Community Aid Abroad) in 1979, when she replied to an ad which promised complete job satisfaction, great conditions, but of course – no pay! Judy was also a member of the Waverley Community Aid Abroad (CAA) Group. At the Judy started, CAA was based on Brunswick Street in an old terrace house that was shared with the Brotherhood of St Laurence. At that time there were only 12 staff!

Kath was a founding member, along with her husband David, of the Carlton CAA Group in 1976. Kath and David became stalwarts of the Carlton CAA group, organising major catering events to raise funds and helping to deliver New Internationalist magazine around Melbourne on bicycles. In later years, Kath was a regular volunteer in the Oxfam Resource Centre in George Street, spending a lot of her time fishing out resources for staff and community requests.

From all of us at Oxfam Australia, we would like to acknowledge and thank Judy and Kath for their invaluable contribution to Oxfam Australia and extend our condolences to their families and friends.

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