Jaclyn Bold and Bold Trailer And Caravan Repair Centre at Caringbah in Sydney’s Sutherland Shire have created the Drought Aid campaign to assist farmers and residents devastated by the ongoing drought in the towns of Armidale, Guyra, Glenn Innes and surrounding NSW towns.

So far her Go Fund Me campaign has raised $3290 (https://www.gofundme.com/f/aussie-drought-aid) with the hope of raising $10,000. The money raised will be spent buying gift vouchers from the local shops in these towns and distributing them to residents. This will boost their local economy and also provide food, water and personal supplies to people in need.

Leonie Hawkins from the CWA Guyra Evening Branch said: “People are losing their jobs and businesses are closing because the drought has a flow on effect – the drought is not just devastating the farmers and their livelihood, but also the rest of the town.”

The second aspect of the Drought Aid campaign is collecting donations of water, non perishable food and personal supplies, including items such as nappies, toilet paper and waterless hand wash to be delivered to these towns. The Southern Sydney community has really gotten behind the campaign with a number of residents and businesses coming onboard as donation collection locations. 

According to Anne Woods, a second generation farmer from Guyra, this is the worst drought she’s ever seen.

“There are people without food to eat, washing in the local creek and selling off their breeding stock. It’s a lot worse than people realise.”

Fellow Sydney woman Robyn Hickey from Skymed Aeromedical has donated the use of their patient transport plane to the Drought Aid campaign. Skymed Aeromedical in conjunction with pilots from Edwards Aviation who have a base at Armidale transported the first plane load of donations to Armidale Airport last week – a whopping 322kg worth of groceries. 

Once the donations hit the ground in Armidale, The Rotary Clubs of Armidale and Guyra, along with the CWA of Guyra Evening Branch and a few local businesses are collecting the donated items, turning them into hampers and distributing them to people in need. The first delivery of donations resulted in 48 hampers being given to families and farmers in dire need of food and water.

 

The third goal of the Drought Aid campaign is to encourage caravanners and travellers to visit rural towns in drought and support their local businesses and community.

 

Jaclyn is encouraging individuals and businesses to get behind the Drought Aid campaign by:

 

  1. Make a donation at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/aussie-drought-aid
  2. Clean out the pantry or buy a few items and drop them to a donation location near you.
  3. Businesses can donate their excess stock, short dated stock, items they can no longer sell due to damaged packaging and items that have reached their best before date. 
  4. When travelling – get off the highway and head inland and visit our beautiful rural towns.

 

CURRENT DONATION LOCATIONS:

 

SUTHERLAND SHIRE:

* CARINGBAH: BOLD Trailer And Caravan Repair Centre – 5 Captain Cook Drive

* CARINGBAH: The Bridal Bar – 43 Cawarra Rd

* CARINGBAH SOUTH: Corie’s Hair Escape – 273 Willarong Road

* CARINGBAH SOUTH: 90A Taren Rd (** 24/7 – leave on veranda**)

* HEATHCOTE: 11 Grevillea Grove (** 24/7 – leave on veranda**)

* KURNELL: 50 Tasman Street (** 24/7 – leave on veranda**)

* LOFTUS: 18 Fourth Avenue (** 24/7 – leave on veranda**)

* SYLVANIA: Sylvania Bowling Club – 22 Holt Rd, Sylvania

 

ST GEORGE:

* BEXLEY: Villa 8/56-60 St George’s Road (** 24/7 – leave on veranda**)

 

NEW ENGLAND REGION, NSW:

* ARMIDALE: Laser Plumbing Armidale – 177 Barney St, Armidale NSW

* BLACK MOUNTAIN: Black Mountain Roadhouse – 3174 New England Hwy (**24/7**)

* GLENN INNES: Glenn Innes Visitor Information Centre – 152 Church St

* GUYRA: Guyra Gala Centre – 136 Bradley Street

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