Ro­tar­i­ans dis­trib­ute as­sis­tance

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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 rcch­in­chilla@ro­ 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.

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