Josh & Wendy’s story

After 29 years of living overseas, Joshua and Wendy Cocker returned to Tasmania in 2004 to live on 250 acres of bush and farmland near Launceston.

From their kitchen windows they look out on a range of forested hills near the Tamar River.

“I first became aware of Share through a Bushfire Appeal and their newsletters hit a chord with me,” said Wendy. “I liked the way Share supported a range of different agencies with a wide range of Christians in action.

“Wendy and I both grew up in loving Christian families and church communities; it seemed sensible to give something back,” adds Joshua.

Joshua and Wendy are members of Pilgrim Uniting Church in Launceston.

“Reaching out to the community is something I feel strongly about,” says Wendy. “We have a beautiful home in a beautiful location. I have to pinch myself sometimes to believe we are here. My heart goes out to people who are homeless.”

The Cockers decided to make a bequest in their will as well. “Looking at the newsletters, we liked what Share do and how they do it,” said Joshua. “Wendy and I discussed it and decided that yes, we wanted to help.”