Berowra steps up to help farm­ers

Monthly Chronicle - - Dispatches - Katie Gom­pertz

Fred Rogers fa­mously said: “Look for the helpers” and that’s ex­actly what can be found in the amaz­ing com­mu­nity of Berowra and sur­round­ing sub­urbs: helpers. The drought in our re­gions is look­ing like it will have a long-term ef­fect on the com­mu­nity and the econ­omy: so help has been called for and the Berowra com­mu­nity has an­swered that call. Wide­view Pub­lic School had a Crazy Hair day and mufti with the aim of rais­ing $1,000. The Berowra Tav­ern is do­nat­ing $1 from ev­ery schnitzel and $4 from ev­ery parma sold in Au­gust. Does it get any­more Aussie than that?

Mar­i­lyn Roberts has been putting the call out to knit­ters to help keep them keep the lambs warm. The re­sult is these colour­ful, snug lit­tle coats and pos­si­bly the cutest thing I’ve ever seen. The Berowra Unit­ing Church mar­kets had the farm­ing com­mu­nity as the ben­e­fi­ciary of their raised funds, hit­ting $1,600.

Lo­cal legend James Wheeler is do­ing a run up to Nam­bucca to col­lect food and wa­ter in the next cou­ple of weeks and then he’ll be head­ing to Tam­worth. Berowra Lions raised over $1,100 in their sausage siz­zle to go to­wards the Need For Feed (Lav­erne Saun­ders must be like a Face­book ad­dict with her tire­less sup­port of this project). Jen­nifer Saun­ders (as part of the Need For Feed fam­ily) also has, for some time, been tak­ing trips out west as part of the Need For Feed con­voy to de­liver much needed sup­plies. This project has been go­ing since 2006 and they sup­ply emer­gency fod­der and trans­port dur­ing drought as well as stock and an­i­mal feed

In their usual flam­boy­ant form Berowra APEX has been a spear­head in this too,, or­gan­is­ing a Road Trip to sup­port Farm­ers in Drought. They started their con­voy at the start of Au­gust, fol­low­ing the Berowra Wood­chop on 12 Au­gust 2018, where there was a ‘Drought Re­lief’ stand. I have no doubt the wood­chop will see this amaz­ing com­mu­nity unite to help those in need.

Preschools, day­cares and com­mu­nity groups have all been col­lect­ing food, nap­pies, toi­letries and money to send to our re­gions. Ev­ery­one has been af­fected by this and ev­ery­one is help­ing.

It’s heart­en­ing to see and ev­ery­one should be proud of the helpers in our com­mu­nity. Ev­ery lit­tle helps.

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