CWA helping out in the drought
Country Women’s Association (CWA) branches in Guyra and Kellys Plains-Dangarsleigh have 90 food hampers to distribute to drought-affected households. The food hampers were provided by Foodbank NSW and ACT, part of Australia’s largest food relief organization.
The hampers were delivered to the Guyra Historical Museum last week, where they are being stored in a shipping container awaiting distribution.
Each hamper contains staples including cereals, pasta, tinned fish and vegetables, rice, noodles, biscuits, sugar, tea and coffee, and jam and Vegemite.
Farmers and rural contractors in the Guyra district are also being encouraged to apply for grants that are available through the NSW Country Women’s Association.
They are providing a one-off $3000 grant to help with rates and household expenses, including motor registrations, groceries, school fees, and bills. By mid-August, the CWA had donated nearly $13 million in drought relief to 7000 applicants through NSW.
However so far only six applications have come from this area. Leonie Hawkins from the CWA Guyra Evening Branch said that the farmers around here need the money as much as anyone else.
“The money is there so please apply for it,” Leonie said. “It is really simple to apply and if you need help with the application you can call into the Hub for assistance or the local branches can give you a hand.
“To make it easy you will find a copy of the application in this week’s Gazette or you can go online to apply – it is very simple to do and we want to make sure that some of this money finds its way to our area.”
If readers know someone in need who would benefit from the hampers or need help to apply for the grants, they should get in touch with the Chris or Sonia at the Hub, Heather Starr (6779 1216), from CWA Guyra; or Leonie Hawkins (0408 207 664), from CWA Guyra Evening Branch.