Camden Haven community donates to drought relief effort to help farmers

Sean Gleeson (far left) from the Camden Haven Show Society with community members from Carinda. Photo: supplied.
Sean Gleeson (far left) from the Camden Haven Show Society with community members from Carinda. Photo: supplied.

The Camden Haven community has once again banded together to create a united front of support for drought-stricken farmers in NSW. 

Over the last few weeks people have donated non perishable food items and money at drop off points including the Camden Haven Show Society, Camden Haven Courier, Kew Corner Store, Kendall Milkbar & Takeaway and Cowarra Park Preschool and Long Day Care. 

Jody Nelson-Gleeson and Sean Gleeson from the Camden Haven Show Society collected all the donated goods and drove them to Carinda to help the community. 

They have made two return journeys to ensure every donation was delivered. 

Jody and Sean were shocked at the stark landscapes they were confronted with.

“Even though Sean and I had been told this is a crippling drought, I don’t think either of us expected to see things this bad,” Jody said. 

The couple have helped raise awareness about the plight of farmers. They took photos and videos to capture the dryness of the land and the ongoing struggle to keep livestock alive. 

Carinda SES unit controller and farmer Dominic runs a sheep, cattle and grazing property with his wife Judy. Judy also drives one of the school buses. 

“Thank you to all you folks at the coast, we appreciate all the gear that you’ve sent over to us and Jody and Sean for bringing it,” he said. 

“It means a lot to think that someone is caring about us over there.” 

People can continue to contribute to the drought relief effort by dropping off donations to Camden Haven Show Society, Camden Haven Courier, Kew Corner Store, Kendall Milkbar & Takeaway and Cowarra Park Preschool and Long Day Care. The deadline for donations is Sunday, October 14. 

Meanwhile the Rotary Club of Laurieton has collected $16,000 from a number of community groups including the Kendall Community Op Shop, The Baptist Church and private donors. 

The Rotary Club of Laurieton is working in conjunction with the Rotary Clubs of Narrabri, Coonabarabran, Boggabri and Wee Waa.

Golf and bowling events hosted by Laurieton United Services Club and Kew Country Club helped raise $5515 for the cause. 

Alan Anderson said the Rotary Club of Laurieton is also selling toy sheep at the Laurieton Riverwalk Markets to fundraise. Club members will sell the sheep at the next market on Sunday, October 16. 

Alan said $10,000 has been sent to the Rotary Club of Narrabri for its Neighbours in Need program.

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