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19 FEBRUARY 2020
Drought Relief events
The communities of Cummins, Lock, Tumby Bay and Elliston are coordinating a series of events to
raise awareness of the impact of drought across Australia, and to raise funds to support drought
The format of the events will include a barbecue tea and speakers from drought- impacted eastern
states who will convey the difficulties faced by communities who have suffered from several years
Guest speakers include Anne Jones OAM & Peter Perry, Geurie Lions Club members managing
the Drought Relief Project for Lions District 201N4.
Anne will talk about her work as a Lions Disaster Coordinator for 30 per cent of New South Wales
covering an area including the Blue Mountains, Bourke and Broken Hill.
Anne’s work has ranged from coordinating hay, water and family support to drought affected
communities, to supporting families impacted by the devastation of fires over the past summer.
Scott Richardson from Narromine, NSW, will share what it is like to live in drought and the fight to
maintain his family property in the face of years of dry conditions.
Lock farmer Michael Hancock will also speak about his experiences and the challenge in delivering
46,000 tonnes of mostly drought and frost affected crops from Eyre Peninsula and the Mid North
under the Rural Aid program.|
This hay is being delivered to the Eastern States, as well as to drought affected parts of our own
Community barbecues will be held at 6.30pm at the following venues:
* Tuesday, March 3: Lock Football Club
* Wednesday, March 4: Elliston Football Club
* Thursday, March 5: Cummins Bowling Club
* Friday, March 6: Tumby Bay Football Club
Council Mayors’ Malcom Hancock (Elliston), Jo-Anne Quigley (Lower Eyre Peninsula) and Sam Telfer
(Tumby Bay) said the events would provide an opportunity for our communities to fundraise for
people who live in less fortunate places, and to better
understand the plight some Australians have faced.
In a joint statement they said, “many parts of Australia have been ravaged by drought
and fire and communities are under significant financial and emotional stress.”
“These free barbecues are about showing our support and getting a deeper understanding
of what other communities are facing.”
Communities are invited to come along and support drought affected farmers and their families.
Cash donations can be made on the night, or to:
Australian Lions Foundation Emergency Disaster Appeal
Lions District 201N4 Drought Appeal:
BSB: 082 811; Account: 151 468 102