Helping drought-affected women have a brighter Christmas

By Jamie Salter

The Murchison district has played a role in the collection of pamper packages for women affected by drought, just in time for Christmas.

Murchison Neighbourhood House co-ordinator Jenny Lister received about 60 pamper packages after she advertised the collection on social media.

“There was this question of ‘Can we do this?’," she said.

“My husband works as a rural outreach worker so it resonates that people are doing it hard.”

Two days after notifying the community on Facebook, Mrs Lister had women visit with two boxes of goods.

“They were quite emotional, saying they were so glad to have the opportunity to participate.”

In an expression of goodwill from one woman to another, the Ladies of the Land NSW will distribute the boxes with the help of the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

Women who are doing it tough in regional areas will receive a Christmas gift containing toiletries, treats and other treasures.

Murchison has also played a role as a collection point for another charity project. About 30 gifts were delivered from Melbourne to Murchison by Days for Girls organisation member Lisa Lowcock.

The Days for Girls Keilor Gateway Cluster creates washable sanitary packs for girls overseas who don't have access to hygiene products.

The women make the items from scratch with materials that can be re-used and disposed of properly.

Ms Lowcock became friends with Murchison Neighbourhood House committee member Marg Clarke on a yoga retreat in India, and saw the care package initiative posted on her Facebook.

“Women in the city really empathise with women in the country and think ‘What can I do?’ and it's a simple thing to give a pamper pack to another woman who is doing it tough,” Ms Lowcock said.

This is the first time Murchison Neighbourhood House has gathered pamper packages for Ladies of the Land, and next year it will participate in Days for Girls.

To see the list of who is collecting pamper packages, visit the Ladies of the Land NSW Facebook page.