Wauchope clubs unite in drought appeal

HELPING HAND: Greg Cavanagh, secretary of Wauchope Yesteryear Truck and Machinery Club with Wauchope Lions Club president, Mike Hussey, holding the cheque for $7,500.
HELPING HAND: Greg Cavanagh, secretary of Wauchope Yesteryear Truck and Machinery Club with Wauchope Lions Club president, Mike Hussey, holding the cheque for $7,500.

With the drought impacting drastically on areas in the tablelands west of Wauchope, two local clubs are helping out.

Wauchope Lions Clubs and Wauchope Yesteryear Truck and Machinery Club decided to donate funds to assist drought stricken farming families.

The truck Club decided to firstly donate $2500 to assist mental health services to farmers. This money was placed with the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program team based in Tamworth.

There it will be used to assist the team to provide their services to those farmers experiencing stress and mental health problems brought on by the drought.

The Truck Club also donated $2500 towards direct help to farmers and this money was placed with Wauchope Lions Club. The Wauchope Lions Club also donated $2500 to go with the Truck Club money to the Lions Drought Relief fund, based in the New England.

This $5000 will buy food and household consumable packages from shops in the drought affected areas and these will be delivered to affected farmers.

“So $7500 has been donated by two small Wauchope Clubs to help our farming community in the New England area,” said Greg Cavanagh from the Truck and Machinery Club.

“Members of Wauchope Lions Club and Wauchope Yesteryear Truck and Machinery Club wish to thank all the Hastings people who have in some way supported our groups and helped us to raise and donate the $7500."

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