25 November 2019

During November Club Rivers and Club Taree turned their attention to support the drought-affected community of Murrurundi in New South Wales.

The two clubs joined forces to donate a total of $10 000 to help the New South Wales Upper Hunter community currently struggling to survive on extreme, level-six water restrictions since July 2018.

A semi- trailer load of water was purchased by the two Clubs and delivered to the town, who have had no drinking water for 6 months. Teams from Club Rivers and Club Taree, travelled the long hot, windy and very dry roads to Murrurundi, half an hour north of Scone and unloaded, by hand, 28,000 bottles of water to locals.

There was no question the locals were extremely grateful for the lifeline, which was evident by the many smiling faces and echoes of thank you as they collected their water.

Our two clubs have worked in partnership to lend a hand,” Jenny Holt Community Engagement Coordinator at Club Rivers said. “We know regional communities are doing it tough at the moment with the whole state of NSW drought declared,” Jenny said. “Helping each other out is what Australians do and what local clubs do, and that’s why we’re pleased to be in the position to be able to donate and support the local community of Murrurundi.”

Club Rivers team, additionally managed to raise $2,500 in a drought relief raffle and donated $2,000 in Gift Cards and $500 worth of much needed pet food to the local Pop Up Pantry, a charity with shelves stocked full of everyday items for locals to come and shop free of charge.

Club Taree’s CEO Morgan Stewart’s generosity excelled as he also decided to pay for locals to fill their cars with petrol.

“The community of Murrurundi is struggling to cope with the crippling drought right now and Club Rivers and Club Taree are committed to doing whatever we can to assist those affected,” Jenny said.

This is the second time the two clubs have collaborated to provide much needed assistance by communities affected by the drought.