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There nothing like the support of the CWA ladies to help get you through a disaster and the Lismore CWA Evening Branch were very pleased to be able to help their community once again to supply computers to some flood-affected Lismore kids.

President of the local CWA, Kerry Harvey, said they are working with the very generous DB Results company to contact home schooled children in and around Lismore who have lost their computers in the flood. ‘The families were finding it impossible to replace their lost equipment so they could continue their education,’ said Ms Harvey.

One of the grateful kids who received a new computer. Photo supplied.

Keen to help in any way

DB Results, a global digital transformation consulting company, contacted the CWA just after the floods and were very keen to help in any way that they could. ‘Their management team met and really wanted to bring a team of volunteers up to do work in the community. The lack of available accommodation made this pretty challenging, so they reached out and asked the CWA to find other areas of need.’

Sixteen laptop computers were presented to a very grateful group of homeschooled children last Saturday at the Koori Mail.

Senior Analyst from DB Results, Lisa Clague, said that as a previous resident of the Northern Rivers she felt compelled to do something to help and is proud of the response of DB Results. ‘Having lived in this area, and visited Lismore many times, I was very pleased that DB Results recognised the need to get involved, and help by donating the computers to the Home School Network, distributed by the Country Women’s Association – Lismore Evening branch.’

Ms Clague said that prior to handing the computers out, CWA members drove heraround Lismore. ‘I had seen the pictures in the media, but I  was not prepared for just how bad the situation really is.

‘I visited New Orleans after hurricane Katrina which caused the Mississippi river to overtop the levy and cause devastating floods, what I saw in Lismore echoed what I saw in New Orleans. The feeling of abandonment was palpable, and I hope that other organisations will step up and do something to help, as DB Results have done. I have seen first hand how much this is appreciated and how desperately the people here need our help.’

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