FUNDRAISING efforts to help bring the Royal Far West (RFW) kids health bus to Gunnedah have received a shot in the arm thanks to the Gunnedah branch of the Country Women’s Association (CWA).
CWA members donated $1000 to the Every Gunnedah Child working group on Monday to help the group bring the health bus to Gunnedah.
The working group has been raising funds to help bring the bus to Gunnedah since November last year, and is aiming to raise $25,000 before mid-June to help bring the bus to the region.
The RFW kids health bus is a service which allows parents to have their children under the age of five-years-old be tested for a variety of health related issues to ensure they are ready to start school.
CWA president Coralie Howe told The Namoi Valley Independent the group was happy to help support the cause.
“Well Rebecca came and spoke to us at our meeting recently and we thought why not support such a worthy cause and we decided to donate $1000 to them,” Ms Howe said.
“We know that it costs a fair bit to bring the bus to town and the CWA historically has always supported RFW so it all makes sense.”
The CWA president said the relationship between the group and Ooranga also contributed to the decision.
“We have such a lovely working relationship with Ooranga,” she said.
“We love the partnership we have and anything we can do to help them and to help children is a positive thing in our eyes I think.”
Every Gunnedah Child working group member and Ooranga team member Rebecca Dridan said the CWA’s donation was much appreciated and there is still more fundraising work to be done.
“Also at the meeting Jill Andrews stood up and said she would donate a beautiful quilt to be raffled off, so that’s another fundraising effort we are doing at the moment,” Mrs Dridan said.
“Fundraising is still on-going and people can donate through our fundraising page.”
Mrs Dridan said it was pleasing to see RFW benefit from the recent federal budget by way of 3000 new doctors and 3000 new nurses for regional areas, five new medical schools in the Murray Darling region, $500 million for the medical research future fund focusing on mental health and $327 million for the Royal Flying Doctors Service medical, nursing, dental, and mental health programs.
“Well it’s fantastic really to see them benefit,” she said.
“The services they provide to people out west are fantastic.
“The number of people who have mentioned to me that at some stage in their life they or their family have used RFW really goes to show how far-reaching it is.”
To make a contribution to Every Gunnedah Child’s fundraising efforts visit makingadifference.gofundraise.com.au/page/EveryGunnedahChild