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2,600 kms - 38 Volunteers - 3 Days - 700 Hearts warmed up this Winter in remote New South Wales

Our members from New South Wales contributed generously to our Annual Winter Drive for Aboriginal Communities in remote New South Wales. As part of our appreciation and gratitude to the First Nations people of Australia, our members saved up through the Ceiling on Desires program contributed towards more than 700 winter packs consisting of Blankets, Beanies, Hand Gloves, Socks, Thermos, Hot Water Bottles, Soap and fire starters.

This year, a total of 10 Aboriginal communities in Central and North Western regions of New South Wales on 10th and 11th June 2023 were visited. These communities include Wellington, Gilgandra, Gullagambone & Warren in Central NSW Region and Bourke, Enngonia, Brewarrina, Walgett, Weilmoringle & Collarenebri in North Western NSW Region.

Map of New South Wales

38 Volunteers traveled more than 2,600km in 18 vehicles over 3 days to deliver and distribute the 700 plus winter packs and clothes and shoes (new and near-new ones).

Our volunteers and our part of our convoy of vehicles at Nanima Village in Wellington,

New South Wales

One of the highlights was the distribution of more than 90 pairs of new school shoes to the unfortunate kindergarten, primary and high school children of Collarenebri Central School, located 120 km south of Queensland border.

Our volunteers with children and parents at Collarenebri Central School

The feedback received from Aboriginal Communities in remote New South Wales has been very inspiring and we are blessed to be able to serve our Aboriginal brothers and sisters in the remote NSW communities.

We are pleased to share some of the feedback shared by the leaders of the Aboriginal Communities.

“Thank you for the kind and generous donation of shoes for the students at Collarenebri Central School. The kids are so excited to wear their new shoes”
Christine Marshall - School Teacher, Collarenebri Central School

“Thank you for coming through, we highly appreciate the generosity shown ❤️🌸❤️
Also I dropped all the clothes boxes to Aunty Lor's place to sort through for the Dodge crew. She was willing to hand out the clothes” 🥰 - Melissa CEO at Brewarrina LALC

“Thank You All 😁👍🏼❤️ I hope you and your beautiful family have arrived safely back to Sydney - thank you for caring for our family 🙏 very much appreciated 😊”
- Anne Denis, Councilor North Western Region

“Hope you arrived in Sydney safely, thank you for today; our communities were very grateful” - Grace, Councilor, Central Region

Members of the Aboriginal Community collecting their Winter packs to take home

Our volunteers sharing a Winter Pack with Elderly member of the Aboriginal Community

Winter pack and other items being received by Elders and officials from the Aboriginal Community

Our volunteers unloading winter pack items before they are packed in the Winter Packs ready for collection by the community members


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