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Generous arts and craft donations overwhelm local recipients


President of Arts and Craft, Nikki Bailie with Kevin Kelly and Sandra Slade from the Rural Fire Service, Jeannette Walsh with Trudy Stahmer, Publicity Officer of Art and Craft with Paul Welsh and Debbie Ravot of Royal Flying Doctor Service. Photo TWH

As the Arts and Craft Centre doors in Lightning Ridge closed at 2pm last Thursday, a remarkable event unfolded, leaving the recipients overwhelmed by the unexpected outpouring of support.

Volunteer-run organizations, including the Royal Flying Doctors, Food for Families, and the Rural Fire Service, were invited to an afternoon tea at the Arts and Craft Centre in Lightning Ridge, unaware of the surprises that awaited them.

As envelopes were handed out to each organization, the true extent of the donations became clear – an astounding $1000 for each group.

Overwhelmed with gratitude, Paul Welsh from Food for Families/Neighbourhood Centre couldn’t contain his emotions.

Tears filled his eyes as he reflected on the significant impact the donation would have.

“With high overhead costs like rent and electricity, sometimes we struggle to keep our doors open. We are incredibly thankful,” Paul said.

Sandra Slade from the Rural Fire Service echoed this sentiment, sharing how their fundraising efforts had just been exhausted on tiles for the Brigade.

“This generous contribution will enable us to complete the job. We are profoundly grateful,” she exclaimed. {…]

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