Rain on day three was a welcome relief as temperatures eased and we all thought of the farmers in need of the water. Yesterday, on Matt Lynch’s farm he had said that he needed substantial rain in the next few months or all his water reserves would be bone dry. We’re not sure if that rain counted as substantial, but it all must help.
The day started with a trip to Barnardos Mudgee where we dropped off a lot of clothes, food and dry goods to be distributed among the community. The young people all chipped in to help unload the truck.
Grant Harem from the Reconnect program in Barnardos Mudgee said that the helps was much appreciated and that the local community will really benefit from the donated goods.
“The donated goods will be able to help a hell of a lot of people. We see a lot of people on the streets, so everything that came in the office today will go to help those people. The bags, the food and the hygiene products are all going to go to people that really, really need it. It’s going to make a better Christmas for a lot of people in Mudgee,” said Grant.
Grant also had some nice words for our supporters and the convoy “In a small country town, to see people come up from Sydney to help out, it’s amazing. It’s heart-warming to see. Thank you, and don’t stop what you’re doing!”
On to Coonamble
Day three was the Coonamble stop and the rain meant our original location wasn’t suitable to hold an outreach. Luckily a councillor from the town suggested we move the outreach to the Coonamble youth centre.
The Coonamble youth centre is a fantastic place that offers many programs for the local young people including a fully functional boxing gym complete with ring! A big thanks to the staff at the Coonamble Youth Centre for making us feel so welcome and letting our young people use the facilities.
It was great to see our young people mix with local kids and have a lot of fun while they’re at it. We cooked dinner and provided food to the locals at the youth centre.
Day four will begin with donating some more goods to Coonamble and then we continue on to Brewarrina and then on to our final stop Bourke.