Written by Patrick Wedes JP, Director SHRSL I HRSL
On 19 November 2018 we made a trip to Moree and Collarenabri to hand over food and farm produce to those less fortunate than ourselves during this drought our state is experiencing.
The Club has donated $7,500 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service for their services to the rural community at the most urgent times of need. Another $1450 will be donated to N.E.T.S (Natal Emergency Transport Service) for infant emergency treatment saving young lives, thanks to Neil Pullbrook, Nurse with N.E.T.S.
Upon our arrival into Moree airport we were met by Bessie and Bill Lambert, local farmers of Moree shire.
Bessie had prepared us a list of worthy recipients in detail with exactly what we were to buy for them and where we would meet to hand them over these goods and produce.
These goods were home consumables like half hams from the local Moree butcher, soft drinks, jellies, custard, Christmas puddings and cakes, tins of pineapple, bags of lollies, toilet paper.
Farm Produce was in 25 kg bags for their cattle dogs, lucerne for their horses, 30 kg bags of mixed grain for their cattle and sheep feeds all purchased from the local Moree and Collarenabri stores.
We kept the money in the local towns to help those small businesses stockholding for the farmers who are not buying anywhere near the amounts they were in the past.
Many local farmers would not respond to our searches throughout NSW, their pride was damaged as it was with the lack of rainfall, putting their hands out is their last resort.
Those we met were: Bessie and Bill Lambert, Steve Corey, George Leighton, Nicki Rapperly, David and Carol Humphreys, Kate Willis, Gaye Coleman, Buck Timmins, Rex and Dixie Stuthorpe.
Another 6 families were being met by Bessie and Bill, they live 2 hours away from Moree. Those we met came from 45 mins up to 1.5 hours from Moree and Collarenabri to receive the goods purchased for them.
We would like to thank the following people for their support, service and help:-
Debbie, Myanna, Giarne, Sienna Wedes, Bessie and Bill Lambert, Simon Mikkelson, Ray Murray, Kevin Felton, John Morrison, Paul Ware, Randal Speer, Greg Jones, Les Hemperger, Terrence Payne, Robyn Fern, Artists in the St George area who donated superb fine art to our auction, Members and Guests who collectively donated goods to assist our auction.
Patrick Wedes JP
Director SHRSL I HRSL