Forbes CanAssist have recently partnered with Return and Earn NSW to help raise money to help them deliver financial support to locals who are battling cancer. Covid-19 has had a large impact on the regular fundraising activities Forbes CanAssist could host in 2020. John Schrader, President of the Forbes CanAssist, said from February 22 people could choose to donate the money they receive for putting eligible containers in through the reverse vending machine. When people use the reverse vending machine, they can select to donate the 10c refund they would receive per eligible container to Forbes CanAssist. Mr Schrader said this provides an easy way for people to support CanAssist and help recycle. Community members can donate their container refunds to CanAssist through the donation partnership until August 22. Mr Schrader said that they are very grateful for any money that comes in through the Return and Earn partnership. Funds that are donated to CanAssist are used to support locals in their cancer battles, none of it goes to pay for administration or head office. Mr Schrader said all money that goes to Forbes CanAssist will stay in the Forbes community to support locals. CanAssist helps with the cost of travel, accommodation and medication for people undergoing cancer treatment. In just over two years since the reverse vending machine was installed in Sam Street the Forbes community has contributed more than 10 million containers through the Return and Earn scheme. Return and Earn is becoming an increasingly important fundraising avenue for charities and community groups, more than $15.5 million has been returned through donations and fees from hosting return points. Local charities who have benefited from the scheme as donation partners at local return points include Parkes Dragon Boat Club, Ronald McDonald House Orange and Young Hospital Auxiliary. Container materials that may be eligible for a refund include glass, plastic, aluminium, steel and liquid paperboard (cartons).