Rotarians distribute assistance
CHINCHILLA Rotary Club members are pleased to be a part of the Rotary District 9630 distribution of drought assistance to farmers in the Chinchilla, Miles, Tara and Wandoan districts.
Rotary International District 9630, has had a Drought Relief Fund in place for about five years, which has raised more than $1,650,000.
Rural property holders in areas covered by the various Rotary Clubs in southwest Queensland (Roma, Mitchell, Charleville and St George) and now those in the Chinchilla area are beneficiaries of the fund.
Rotarians are mindful of the unfortunate potential side effects of well-meaning donations of foodstuffs and other goods on local businesses which are equally struggling to make ends meet.
As a result, Rotary clubs use vouchers to distribute funds. This is generally done independently and anonymously in association with the Rural Financial Counselling Service Southern Queensland, to give those identified by the RFCS a helping hand to bring respite from mounting bills.
Vouchers, generally to values of $50 and $100, are distributed either singly or in groups to recipient families.
Participating stores send invoices for vouchers received, with Rotary clubs only ever seeing those invoices and not knowing any further details of the recipients.
Rotary and the RFCS are appealing for affected landholders to come forward and take advantage of the services obtainable.
For information on the vouchers, contact Rotary on firstname.lastname@example.org or, for assistance from RFCS Southern Queensland, please call the head office on 4622 5500 or the Miles/ Chinchilla Rural Financial Counsellor on 0491 259 861.