Rotary club aids region’s farmers

With the help of Mudgee Rotary Sunrise, the Mudgee Rotary Club generated $2,640 through its weekend event at Town Hall’s cinema, screening Incredibles 2 and Oceans 8.

One of the most pleasing aspects of the fundraising was that almost 300 of the dollars were generated through donations as collection buckets were placed throughout the theatre.

Howard Berridge of Mudgee Rotary Sunrise and Chris Stephens.

Howard Berridge of Mudgee Rotary Sunrise and Chris Stephens.

Between candy bars, ticket sales and popcorn, the club made almost $2,400 and Mudgee Rotary Club President Chris Stephens can’t wait to put it to good use.

“It’s going to go to We Care at Byron Place and they’re going to distribute the goods from there,” Mr Stephens said.

“We’re very pleased with the overall response and we’re particularly happy with the response to the donation buckets.

“They were good movies… especially Incredibles 2. All in all, it was a lot more than we expected.”

Stephens’ review of Incredibles 2 looks to be on the money as the Disney giant is scoring a consensus four stars out of five throughout the world.

As for the packages that will be put together for the farmers, they’ll consist of food, groceries and Mudgee Money gift cards.

This isn’t the first and certainly won’t be the last venture the two clubs go on as they’re all about helping those in need.

“This is what rotary does,” he said.

“We try to help out the local community when we can.”

“We ran a big campaign for the Sir Ivan fire that really hurt the area about 18 months ago… we raised over $100,000 there and they’re the types of things we want to continue to do.”

Mr Stephens said it’s a good time to start fundraisers for grief-stricken farmers because levels of awareness are already sky high.

“This time there’s already a lot of people engaged in the fundraising for the drought,” he said.

“The scale of the operation is a big bigger and what we collect from the community through this will go back into the community… back into the Mid-Western Regional Council area.

“I think it’s important for people to know that all the money we generate in the community goes straight back into it.”

Chris also expressed his appreciate towards Mudgee Rotary Sunrise as the club jumped at the opportunity to help out. “We initiated it but they jumped on board. We’re thankful for that,” he said.

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