Child­care help­ing out

The Western Star - - RURAL NEWS - Molly Han­cock Molly.Han­cock@west­ern­starnews.com

NU­MER­OUS busi­nesses in the Mara­noa are do­ing their part to held those af­fected by drought.

Roma Good­start Early Learn­ing hosted a drought fundraiser af­ter­noon on Wed­nes­day to raise much needed funds for the Drought An­gels.

Di­rec­tor Ta­batha Lip­pert said it was a way to cel­e­brate con­nect­ing and com­ing to­gether as a com­mu­nity.

“Ob­vi­ously be­ing in a ru­ral and re­mote area the drought is some­thing that is alive and hap­pen­ing,” she said.

“It has been hap­pen­ing quite a while. Our cul­ture of fam­i­lies that are in at­ten­dance at Good­start Early Learn­ing is con­ver­sa­tions we are hav­ing all the time.”

Ms Lip­pert said the af­ter­noon en­abled com­mu­nity mem­bers to come and en­joy time with their fam­ily with­out the has­sles of ev­ery­day wor­ries.

“The Drought An­gels ob­vi­ously sup­port Aussie farm­ers, par­tic­u­larly in ru­ral and re­mote ar­eas, and to­day it is not just us putting this event on, it the com­mu­nity who have come and helped us,” she said.

“All the lit­tle bits are mak­ing a dif­fer­ence. We have got Wool­worths here sup­ply­ing the food, en­ter­tain­ment from Ian Jack­son, an ice cream truck, plus so many won­der­ful com­mu­nity busi­nesses who have do­nated prizes for raf­fles.”

Over­all Ms Lip­pert said the aim of the day was also for chil­dren at Good­start to de­velop a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of the drought and the re­gion.

“We want the chil­dren to grasp a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of our en­vi­ron­ment and un­der­stand how to con­serve our wa­ter for sand­pit play, wa­ter­ing our veg­eta­bles,” she said.

“These kids are our next gen­er­a­tion, so if we want to make a dif­fer­ence and a change we need to start as early as pos­si­ble.”

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

FAM­ILY FUN: Sam and Matilda Crouch­ley, Rachel and Sammy Nixon and Remi Cowan and Mag­gie Mohr at the Good­start Early Learn­ing fundraiser.

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