ON THE ROAD TO HELP

Hills to Hawkesbury Living Magazine - - Community - Story and pho­tos by Bev Jor­dan

A con­voy of cars left the Hills last week for a ru­ral road trip with a dif­fer­ence.

The team rep­re­sented the women’s ser­vice or­gan­i­sa­tion Sorop­ti­mist In­ter­na­tional of the Hills and the des­ti­na­tion was Coolah in the NSW Cen­tral West.

The mo­ti­va­tion for the trip was to do some­thing to help women in­volved with Coolah Cen­tral School which the club has sup­ported in pre­vi­ous years through fund­ing for a break­fast club and with schol­ar­ships to help dis­ad­van­taged stu­dents.

Although the SI team did take pam­per packs to Coolah, the main aim was to host a high tea for women in the district to show sup­port and also to pro­vide “Coolah credit cards” through the new Coolah Cham­ber of Com­merce to give to women do­ing it tough a much­needed boost.

Pay­ing for the high tea to be made lo­cally and buy­ing more than 30 “Coolah Credit Cards” put money into lo­cal busi­nesses which have been suf­fer­ing with the knock-on ef­fects of the pro­longed drought.

One re­cip­i­ent said: “Ev­ery­thing given is re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated ... it makes us re­alise that peo­ple care.”

Some had trav­elled up to 60 kms to at­tend the af­ter­noon tea.

Ja­nine Drum­mond said: “Their sto­ries of courage and de­ter­mi­na­tion to sur­vive this drought were an in­spi­ra­tion to all of us. One lady in par­tic­u­lar had her life dec­i­mated, only two years ago, when a huge bush fire roared through the War­rum­bun­gles de­stroy­ing ev­ery­thing in its path, in­clud­ing the two houses on her prop­erty, their wool­shed, all their fenc­ing and 900 of their sheep. “

As well as stay­ing overnight at the Black Stump Mo­tel at Coolah, pre-loved cloth­ing and shoes were dropped off at Op shops on the way at Lith­gow and Mudgee and also at the C4C (Care for Coolah) char­ity shop which do­nates its prof­its back to the com­mu­nity.

The pam­per pack do­na­tions and the funds to pay for the af­ter­noon tea and Coolah gift cards was raised with funds from a Bun­nings BBQ and a Fash­ion Pa­rade. (see story)

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