The month-long Medowie Bale Out the Drought campaign will hit its crescendo on Sunday at the Bull n Bush Hotel.
A large community event has been organised for August 12 which will offer families a variety of fun activities, and wrap up the campaign’s fundraising for Rural Aid.
“We have so many people keen to help out for this great cause,” organiser Ben Niland said.
“We have seen kids donating their piggy banks and selling lemonade drinks, sports clubs donating raffle money, businesses kicking in vouchers and cash.”
The campaign had an initial fundraising goal of $20,000. However, due to the outpouring of community support in the past month the campaign is close to raising $30,000.
“We’ve been totally swamped,” organiser Chris Doohan said. “The level of support and community spirit makes us proud to call Medowie home.”
At the hotel on Sunday from 10am there will be entertainment, a live band by the name of Cruz, food, activities and displays for children and adults.
The day will also include motor vehicle displays, community group displays, animal petting zoo, face painting, guest speakers and Medowie Bale Out the Drought merchandise for sale.
The “monster” raffle and auctions will be finalised after 1pm. The total value of the raffle prize pool is more than $5500. There are more than 25 items going up for auction.
Donations buckets will also be going around on the day.
Campaign organisers will announce which Port Stephens town they will be handing the Bale out the Drought baton to.
All money raised goes to registered charity Rural Aid.
The Bale out the Drought registration number is RASN2003.
Port pitching in to help with The Big Dry:
- Drought relief efforts flood in
- Medowie digging deep for drought aid
- Power of social media in sharing drought message
- Terrace hay runner in Lions’ Need for Feed convoy
- Salamander Recycling Centre helps out drought affected Boorowa
- Adopt a shire idea for coastal towns to help in times of drought
- Medowie's bale out campaign for drought relief
- Marauders charity round raises $2800 for Food Way, $500 for farmers