Drought Aid campaign wraps up

28th Apr 2020

A drought relief appeal that brought aid and raised the hopes of residents during the drought has come to an end.
Jaclyn Bold created the program to assist farmers impacted by drought in the area from Uralla to Glen Innes. She formed a partnership with the CWA to distribute donations throughout the area.
As a result of her efforts, 14,550 kg of donations were distributed with 589 households provided with food and water hampers and 830 Christmas gifts distributed.
A total of $23,410 in cash donations was used to purchase gift vouchers at local businesses for farming families. Assistance was also given to schools and mother’s groups.
“With COVID-19 many people and businesses have become unable to donate food items,” Jaclyn said.
“Along with this, and keeping everyone’s health in mind (the collecting, sorting and distributing all require some person to person contact) I have decided to cease the Drought Aid campaign.
“Everyone I have met throughout this process has had an impact on me and shown me how a horrible situation can bring out the best from strangers who offer help and support.
“From a little idea, the Drought Aid campaign grew into something much bigger than I ever expected.
“From friends and strangers volunteering their time for others, starting collections at their work or in their local neighborhood, packing, sorting and delivering the donations - Thank you, thank you, thank you.
“To the residents of the New England region - You will always hold a special place in my heart.
Wishing everyone good health, happiness and better times.”