Aunty Pat Doolan is one of those rare people you meet in life who radiate goodness. As a result she’s been a game-changer wherever she’s lived. You can’t help being touched by her rare blend of determination and kindness - that’s how she’s got things done. She leads by being a servant and she never wavers in declaring her faith in public.
I reckon if she’d been around in Israel in Jesus’ time she would have been part of that team of loyal women who backed him all the way. You know the type, those bush women who tell it straight and get on doing things without a fuss. They were the ones who turned up at his tomb in the early morning with the gear to finish the burial, only to find he’d been resurrected.
There are scores of young people, both black and white, who have been launched on careers by her creative efforts to give them a hand up. She’s been a friend to them. That’s why she’s much loved all across the Western region in towns like Dubbo and Bourke. She’s still remarkably strong at 78. This chat I had with her gives a glimpse of her spirit.
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