Aunty Caroline Kirk is putting out a call for the Wilcannia mob after learning that food that has been sent to them is out of date.
‘My niece went to use the food they’d been sent, and the tins were out of date, the bread stale, and the onions and potatoes were soft’, she told The Echo.
With the hospitals under pressure from increasing COVID-19 cases, she says the health department have let everybody down.
‘They have known for the last 18 months this will happen – they never shut the border of the town, and people could just come through to Bourke and other places’, she said.
‘I’m asking for my rainbow followers to help me get some money together for the mob up there so they can get themselves the food they need. They are being sent lots of things that they just don’t eat’.
Well known local activist and firefighter, Muzz (Murray Drechsler), said he is happy to support the drive to raise money, and donations can be made to his bank account and he will pass it onto Aunty Caroline.
Aunty Caroline told The Echo that her niece’s husband has a ute, and permission to go to Broken Hill to buy food for the mob.
‘My niece, Joyanne, will distribute it to everybody and families in the community’.
To help them out you can make a donation to: Murray Drechsler, Beyond Bank, BSB: 325 185, Account number: 03514689. Tag the donation: Wilcannia Mob.
The ABC reported on Tuesday that the federal government was warned 18 months ago by a local Aboriginal health body about the serious threat of COVID-19 outbreaks in remote NSW communities.