The West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook (WPHC) Rotary Club Drought Relief Project is being run in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Coonabarabran. Since August 2018, The West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook community and surrounding areas have generously contributed more than $30,000 and around 180 Christmas gifts to supporting drought distressed families in the Coonabarabran area.

All the donations have been used by the Coonabarabran Club in various ways including paying up to $1000 toward a farmer’s bill for any expenditure and holding community social gatherings which have been important in maintaining the morale of the farmers, particularly the men. The grass is growing but the distress remains as farming income has not recovered.

The social gatherings that were run in conjunction the Country Women’s Association have been highly successful as they give farming families an opportunity to meet their neighbours and have some fun. It is hoped to start these again once the COVID-19 restrictions permit gathering of larger groups.

The Christmas gifts collected for Coonabarabran by the WPHC Rotary Club and Cherrybrook Village Shopping Centre Tree of Joy program were distributed at social gatherings held at Christmas time. The appreciation of our support to drought affected farmers are captured in the following message from a drought affected farmer. “I wanted to express the gratitude our local farmers and ourselves feel. You helped in so many ways, yet it was your offer of friendship the meant so much. You gave support and joy at a time it was so needed. Thank you.

Thank you, West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook community and surrounding area.

If you feel you would like to be part of projects like this, contact Carol Russell of West Pennant Hills and Cherrybrook Rotary Club on 0418 431157 for details.