Christmas cheer for drought-hit locals

Staff from the KT OOSH Services at Rouse Hill in Sydney made a quick trip to Cobar on Friday night to deliver goods and a cash donation from their recent fundraising efforts. Sheridan Southall, Tanya Henness and Tracey Kelly are pictured with deputy mayor Peter Abbott, Sharon Huon, council’s administration officer Brytt Moore, Tanya Gilbert and Tanya’s children Andi and Aiden on Saturday morning.

A friendship made while on holidays has helped to bring a generous donation of goods and cash to Cobar for families struggling in the drought.

Tracey Kelly from KT OOSH (Out of School Hours) in Rouse Hill, Sydney, met Cobar’s Huon and Gilbert families a number of years ago while they were on their annual holidays on the south coast where their friendship was formed.

Tracey said their three children’s services in the Rouse Hill area do annual fundraisers and this year when they talked about doing something to help drought affected areas, she suggested Cobar would be a worthwhile town to benefit.

The three KT OOSH children’s services held a charity walk and had a Go Fund Me Page to help raise money. They also donated half the fees from one day and asked families to collect bottles and cans and donate the money they received from return and earn.

Tracey, along with KT OOSH staff, Sheridan Southall and Tanya Henness, travelled to Cobar on Friday night after work to make the delivery.

They presented deputy mayor Peter Abbott with $3,472.50, the proceeds of their fundraising as well as goods that the families had donated through the services.