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Reaching out to farmers doing it tough

In October 2019, our HopeStreet Dubbo team held a special event for the farming communities of Tottenham and Gulargambone to raise spirits and provide assistance and support at a family fun day.

Following the fundraising activities of Sydney's Macquarie Anglican Grammar School, a donation of almost $10,000 was handed to the HopeStreet Dubbo team, to put to use in supporting drought-affected farming families who are experiencing a severe drought.

For Central West farmers who grow wheat, cotton and canola, and livestock including cattle and sheep, conditions went from bad to worse, while tough water restrictions continued to cause problems.

“We contacted farmers in the communities and asked them what they wanted us to put the money towards and they asked for us to put on a family day for farmers to get their minds off the devastating drought," HopeStreet Dubbo Manager, Karen Windley said.

"A lot of these farming families have major health issues, they're suffering the loss of a loved one or another traumatic event which would happen inevitably, but then with the impacts of the drought on top of that it's just devastating," she said.

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