INSPIRATION is driving our local Rotarians to work in creative ways to change the fate of NSW farmers who are doing it tough.
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Tough times on the land, mean tough times for families and the retailers in local communities.
Children miss out on excursions, everyone feels the pinch from young to old.
Salamander Bay Rotary Club President Ina George told News Of The Area, “We have raised over $6,000 in just 6 weeks and have had some great support from the retailers at Salamander Village Shops and at a Bunnings barbeque.”
The Rotarians believe that it is important to alleviate the problems faced by the farmers and their communities and are raising funds to make a difference, making sure that their work bolsters local communities and doesn’t impact on struggling retailers.
“The club is providing fuel and food vouchers to farmers located close to the Hunter that are in need,” she said.
Vouchers support those in need without impacting adversely on other local businesses.
Nelson Bay Rotary President Kathy Rimmer said, “People just want to help.”
The Nelson Bay Club are working with the Rotary Club of Narromine, supporting 53 students at a school in rural Tottenham, paying for these children to go on school excursions.
“The club has raised $9745.45 so far to support farmers dealing with the drought through barbeques held at Salamander Bay Shopping Centre.
“We are also partnering with L J Hooker and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation contributing and additional $2000 to fund a jaundice detector for children for the hospital,” she said.
Funds donated to Rotary are administration fee free, so every dollar raised goes to those most in need.
The community of Port Stephens has certainly been one that has dug deep to support those living through the drought on the land with the Medowie Bale Out, Rotary Clubs, Lions Clubs, schools and other groups all doing their bit to support people in the bush living in crisis.
By Marian SAMPSON