THE region’s drought-affected farmers recently received much needed spiritual support all the way from Sydney.
Tambar Springs community hall hosted a visit from the Sri Gayatri Group of Sydney (SGGS), which allowed for locals and group members to pray together for an end to the drought.
Lively Linseed’s Jacqueline Donoghue said the visit from the Sri Lankan benevolent community group was most welcome.
“It would have to be one of the most special visits our community has had for sometime,” Ms Donoghue said.
“The visit was arranged by Strathfield MP Jodi McKay who has a bit of a relationship with us and the group and put us in touch.
“To know people in Sydney care is terrific and to see them drive all the way from Castle Hill was magical.
“They are some of the most pleasant, genuine people I have ever met and it is so nice to know they are thinking of us.”
SGGS member Kay Raveendrarajan said the group was focusing its efforts on supporting NSW farmers who are facing the drought.
“Every year the group comes together to raise awareness and raise funds to help those most in need,” Mr Raveendrarajan said.
“This year we are praying for the NSW farmers, their families and livestock, to the gods to invoke rain and replenish their lands.
“In great spirit, we pray to end the drought through the arrival of rain to soothe and replenish the dry and parched land.”
The recent event allowed group members and locals to join together and pray for a break in the region’s drought.
“I think everyone who went learnt something new and interesting about their culture,” Ms Donoghue said.
“It was certainly a first for Tambar Springs and their efforts in prayer and fundraising are most welcome.”
The Mullaley local said the drought was casting a doubt over potential summer crops around the region.
“At the moment things are not looking too promising in terms of a summer crop,” she said.
“Dry land farmers were unable to plant a winter crop which is rare for this area, but to not have a summer crop as well would be a first for many of us.
“It is certainly concerning and hopefully we get some relief soon.”