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RFS Superintendent district manager Stuart Watts gave a wrap up of the recent bushfires to the Jacaranda Embroidery Group, who presented a donation to RFS. Image: Lynne Mowbray

Embroiders donate to help community

Lynne Mowbray|

The Jacaranda Embroidery Group have donated the proceeds from their 2018 and 2019 embroidery exhibitions, to three worthy recipients, at their morning tea meeting, on Wednesday last week.

The money raised by the group was shared between the CWA Drought Relief Appeal, Clarence Valley Rural Fire Service and Westpac Rescue Helicopter.

President of the Grafton CWA branch Carol Smith said that the donation will be sent to the CWA Disaster Fund, at their head office in Sydney.

“So far, close to $16 million has been distributed throughout NSW,” Carol said.

“Locally we have received funding for farmers who have required assistance, particularly the Mount Jackadgery farmers, who have been affected by both the fires and the drought and were having to handfeed their cattle.

“I’d like to thank the Grafton Jacaranda Embroidery Group for the cheque which will be sent off today to Sydney and they organise the distribution throughout NSW,” she said.

Jacaranda Embroidery Group president Cindy Smythe said that every two years the Group give half of what they make to the Westpac Helicopter and the other half goes towards whoever else needs the money.

“This year it was a no brainer. The firies have done an absolutely fantastic job and the farmers need it too,” she said.

“So, this year it went three ways instead of two,” Cindy said.

NB If anyone is interested in joining the embroidery group, contact Cindy Smythe 0417 237 729, for more information.

Jacaranda Embroidery Group president Cindy Smythe presents RFS Superintendent district manager Stuart Watts, with a cheque. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
L-R President of the Grafton CWA Carol Smith thanks the Jacaranda Embroidery Group president Cindy Smythe for the donation, which will go to the farmers who have been affected by drought. Image: Lynne Mowbray.
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