Cooking up a donation

By Country News

Members of the Rotary Club of Numurkah and community volunteers have hosted a barbecue in the town’s main street to raise funds for drought-stricken farmers.

The event raised more than $500 in a matter of two hours, despite the cold that kept some inside.

Rotary Club of Numurkah vocational service director John Watson said the club had partnered with National Farmers’ Federation and Channel Nine to help those suffering from the drought in various areas of Australia.

‘‘It’s a really serious issue so we’re doing our part to help,’’ he said.

Mr Watson said he was pleased with the exposure and the awareness that had been raised.

Public relations director Lou Hamon said the event had surprisingly reached far more than they had expected in the lead-up through social media.

He said it was great to see the community rally around the fundraiser and spread the word.

Mr Hamon said the funds raised were a combination of sales, but also generous donations.

The pair said the event was a great success and they were pleased to have more than $500 to contribute to drought relief.

—Laura Briggs