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From left: Marisa Poptie – COO Ballina RSL Club, and CWA ladies: Megan Nicol, Lyn Davidson, Barb Driscoll, Janice Loughrey and Gai Mason.

Ballina RSL Club and the CWA – Ballina Branch, have joined forces to bring Christmas Cheer to the farming families of Gwydir Shire. They are calling this, the Friends of the Farmer Christmas toy-drive.

The Ballina Shire community is invited to help grow a smile for kids in the drought-effected community of Gwydir this year by placing donations of cash or unwrapped gifts, for children up to 12 years of age, under the Christmas Tree at the Club reception. The CWA ladies will wrap and gift-tag all of the presents.

There is a road trip planned to deliver the gifts in early December. ‘We are hoping during November that we have as many gifts dropped off under our tree as possible’, said Marisa Poptie, COO Ballina RSL Club. ‘Cash donations are more than welcome,  and we have a cash barrel set up beside the Christmas Tree’, Marisa added.

This is the second fundraising drive to assist farmers by Ballina RSL Club. Late last year the club delivered pantry items and cash donations to the Armidale region.


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