A Sydney school has reached out to help the Gunnedah community amid the drought.
Bossley Park Public School has sent 40 boxes of groceries and necessities, which will be distributed to farming families through the Gunnedah CWA.
Gunnedah South Public School teacher Justine Davies picked the boxes up from Tamworth last week where they had been delivered free of charge by Vellex and principal Peter Baum, and school captains Indiella Bryers and Cooper Williams helped unload the boxes at the CWA rooms on Thursday.
Mrs Davies worked at Bossley Park for 14 years and was contacted by a former colleague, Lorena Moro, who had seen Gunnedah in the news because of the drought.
“I thought, ‘Hang on, there is someone I know who is living out there in the thick of it,” Ms Moro said.
“I thought, There’s got to be something I can do’… and took it from there.
“We wanted everything to go to the community.”
Ms Moro said she approached the principal of Bossley Park and asked if the school could get on board to help Gunnedah out.
Ms Davies had suggested donating items through the CWA so the school set to work, with notes sent home with students.
“We had families bring in even four or five grocery bags of stuff,” Ms Moro said.
“These are people who understand what struggle means and they appreciate what it means to work on the land.”
Ms Moro said many items were donated by refugee communities “because they’ve been through their own trauma and understand what it’s like to go without”.
The school’s SRC helped Ms Moro sort the items into categories like bathroom and pantry, box them up and label the boxes.
“I figured some people may need certain stuff, some may need other things,” Ms Moro said.
“People can pick and choose what they need.”
The boxes also had encouraging messages written on the side, such as ‘Hope some rain comes to your farm soon’.
“It’s excellent and the kids are so excited,” Mrs Davies said.
“It’s nice to know that kids care about kids [in the drought].”
Gunnedah CWA president Coralie Howe said she thought it was “wonderful” that Bossley Park had gifted the community with the donations.