Gunnedah CWA is continuing to help the shire’s drought-stricken farmers, with a fundraising afternoon tea on Friday.
The event was part of the activities for visitors attending the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA) National Rally last week and raised more than $400, including $240 from the Leisure Coast Wanderers chapter.
The CWA said it catered for about 60 ladies, with many asking questions about the association’s activities. A number said they intended to inquire about joining a branch when they returned to their own areas. CMCA members Greg and Lyn from Kyneton, Victoria also sought out the branch to donate $500.
The funds will be used to purchase gift cards, which will be distributed to farming families in need of assistance along with grocery and toiletry hampers and drought assistance application forms for those who have inquired about the assistance available from CWA NSW.
Donations continue to pour in from numerous businesses, schools and groups in Gunnedah and further afield.
Bossley Park Public School in Sydney donated 40 boxes of items and Yowie Bay Primary School held a day for farmers and collected more than $2000 in donations. Gunnedah Vintage Car Club collected donations at the recent swap meet and donated $1300, and Makinex Construction Products in Artarmon donated $5000. Makinex representatives Joel Baker and Stuart Reynolds presented the cheque to Gunnedah CWA president Coralie Howe on a trip to the North West.
Another company in Canberra donated more than $3000 to help the farmers and company on the Central Coast is hoping to donate an amount each month for the next few months. More than $2500 in gift cards from a CWA in WA was presented to the Gunnedah CWA treasurer by the Great Southern Hearts Drive for Life from Western Australia. Letters from school children in Nyabing also came with this drive and these will be distributed to local primary schools. A former Gunnedah resident now living on the North Coast has also donated $5000.
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