Rally visit brings welcome help to drought-affected locals

GIVIT’s NSW drought relief coordinator Scott Barrett presented a donation of toys,
puzzles and fuel vouchers to Rebecca Dowling from Cobar Mobile Children’s Service when the GIVIT Road Boss Rally passed through the Cobar Shire last week.

The team from national online charity GIVIT and their fellow participants in the Road Boss Rally (RBR) passed through Cobar last Wednesday.

Some of the 170 adventure seekers travelling on Day 2 of the 10 day rally from Mount Hope to White Cliffs opted for the easy course which brought them up the Kidman Way through Cobar where some cars were able to get some necessary repairs carried out.

Other more adventurous participants elected for the tough route which took them off-road through private properties.

Along the route GIVIT has been delivering requested and vital donations to drought-affected communities, while spreading a welcome financial boost to remote towns.

The crew spent their first night in Mount Hope, a community that is close to their hearts after a donation earlier this year of an air-conditioned “school house” for a local family’s home-schooled children.

Rally members and GIVIT worked together to convert a shipping container to a suitable school space that the children now adore.

The fully-furnished “school house’’ was transported from Queensland to the Mount Hope site by the RBR and GIVIT.

Other items provided by the RBR and GIVIT to members of the local community included toys and $500 worth of fuel vouchers to Cobar Mobile Children’s Service, which offers early education play-based support to isolated children.

Rebecca Dowling from Cobar Mobile Children’s Service said the toys and puzzles will be used by their bush sessions.

“We were approached by Scott to put our story on their website for donations for our bush sessions as we noticed our resources needed upgrading and found this was a great opportunity to engage with this organisation.

“GIVIT’s donation will go a long way for the children to access early childhood education through out service,” Ms Dowling said.

GIVIT has also actively supported the CWA branches in the area, providing whitegoods including two fridges, a washing machine and an air-conditioning unit for local families affected by the drought.