Service clubs around Port Stephens have been busy in recent weeks raising funds for the area's bushfire brigades, casualties of the state-wide fires plus drought-affected areas.
Over three days earlier in Janaury, Nelson Bay Rotary Club held a successful appeal for bushfire victims at Salamander Bay shopping centre, raising $15,719.
The money will be distributed through the Rotary Australia World Community Service to directly help victims in bushfire-affected areas.
Club president Arja Levonpera said she was amazed at the level of generosity from local residents and visitors, while complimenting the organiser Peter McBean and thanking volunteers who manned the collection booth.
Further funds for both bushfire and drought victims will be raised at the club's annual charity golf day to be held at Nelson Bay Golf Club on Friday, April 3, 2020.
Last week Tilligerry Rural Fire Service was presented with a powerful backpack blower, courtesy of a Tilligerry Lions Club fundraiser.
Lions club president Col Magick and past president Jan Colman had the pleasure in presenting the blower, valued at $1000, to Captain George Brandenberg and RFS unit volunteers.
The blower has a number of uses on a fire-ground, including to clear trails, especially in rocky terrain; and to blow small fires back on themselves thus creating a break.
"They can do the work of tens of firefighters using the traditional rakes," Captain Brandenberg said.
Ms Colman said that Lions funds had been raised through the generosity of the Tilligerry community, including its Australia Day breakfast and would be assisting The Australian Lions Bush Fire Appeal.
"Every dollar given to Lions is used where it is supposed to go as there are no administration costs."
Also in January, the Country Women's Association Nelson Bay Branch conducted a devonshire tea fundraiser at the CWA hall in Gowrie Road, Nelson Bay.
The event attracted an excellent turnout with all proceeds going to a local disaster relief fund and to victims of the recent NSW bushfires.
"It was a very successful morning and we appreciate the support and generous nature of this fabulous community," a spokesperson said.