Ballina RSL Club director Trish Wilson and three staff have just returned from a few days in the drought-stricken area of Armidale, dropping off hampers, cash and gift cards as part of their Friends of the Farmer campaign.
Marisa Poptie of Ballina RSL said the concept was born around a month ago and Ballina Shire residents gave many generous donations, which were dropped in at the club.
‘Staff formed a pantry in the foyer, which quickly grew day by day, she said.
‘There were cash boxes around the venue and some of the entertainment shows collect donations, as well as a coffee and cake promotion that raised more cash towards the grand total.
‘The staff were on board as well and donated a massive $2,000 from their staff charity fund.’
She says the result was 32 hampers and $15,164, which were loaded into a bus, and the group headed inland to Armidale to drop off with the CWA ladies.
While on the road, they visited John and Lib Martin’s sheep farm, 40km from Armidale.
Lib said, ‘We are so grateful for the efforts the Ballina RSL Club community have done for us all. We feel so lucky that so many people care.’
There are more fundraising events coming up, including the headliners chorus drought relief concert, staff dress-up day, lawn bowls charity day, a snooker club event and more.
For more information visit www.ballinarsl.com.au.