The worst drought in living memory is now heading into its fourth year, says Anne Thompson, organiser of the North Coast Drought Appeal.
‘Many farmers are very financially strained and emotionally and physically drained,’ she says. She’s calling on locals to donate food for Christmas hampers.
‘Clubs, church groups, workplaces and schools are asked to get organised and people can look in their own cupboards or shop for a few extra items of non-perishable food in packets, cans, jars and bottles, as well as Christmas cakes, puddings, tins of ham and salmon.
‘We need to let drought-stricken farmers know that they are not forgotten, and we would like to lift their spirits a little at Christmas.’
Packing will take place at the Eltham Hall and volunteers will be needed during November. The Clunes Rural Fire Service will once again do the loading of the hampers onto pallets on December 5 in plenty of time for their long journey out west to Bourke, Walgett, Coonamble, Brewarrina, Collarenebri, Lightning Ridge, Mungindi and hopefully even across the border into QLD.’
Food can be dropped off at:
Lismore Square – Box outside Woolworths and Lismore Environment Centre (next to Transit Centre)
Clunes – Auto Centre
Alstonville – Century 21 Real Estate, Main St
Mullumbimby – Anglican Church Op-shop
Byron Bay – Anglican Church Op-shop
Bangalow – CWA Rooms
Cash donations can also be made through the Bangalow Lions:
Account number 22266650, BSB 728-728, or PO Box 214, Clunes, 2480.
To get involved, call Anne on 66 291 041.