Christmas comes early for NSW Show Societies
Posted on : 29 August 2019
Binnaway Show Society is one of 31 Show Societies benefiting from an incredible range of toys and kitchenware distributed throughout regional New South Wales thanks to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW Foundation (RASF).
A new RASF collaboration with Good360, along with donations from 'Thank A Farmer Day' at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show, saw 31 deserving Show Societies share in 33 pallets of kitchenware generously donated by Rockpool Dining Group, plus kitchen goods and toys with a total value just over $600,000.
RAS Foundation Manager, Cecilia Logan, said the goods sourced by Good360, including a top up by Trenton International, are a welcome boost for local Show Societies, and community groups, long recognised as the very heart of regional communities throughout NSW.
"We believe the goods will enhance these spaces and allow locals to come together at great local events supporting their communities," Ms Logan said.
"We recognise how vital these spaces are for small communities and understand the difficulty of raising money for local projects, and that is where the Good360 initiative can be so helpful.
"Making these goods available for our regional and rural communities gives them extra resources which are often incredibly difficult to come by in areas still affected by drought.
"The RAS Foundation is proud to partner with Good360 and share these goods with deserving regional towns. Good360 is in the business of connecting surplus with need and their support is helping us to build strong and vibrant communities.
"The generosity of Trenton International was also a boost and we are incredibly grateful for their support as well."
Jim Larkin from Binnaway Show Society is one of the deserving recipients of the goods and says it will give the Binnaway a lift in spirits in these difficult seasonal conditions and provide local school students with an early Christmas present.
"At the same time, it will strengthen our connection to the community and promote the fantastic work agricultural societies are involved in," Mr Larkin said.
"The goods will also benefit the Binnaway Show Society by providing our volunteers with more kitchen equipment when catering during our show week events.
"Binnaway Show Society would like to thank the RAS Foundation and Good 360 for their generosity and tremendous effort in putting these packages together."
The toys and kitchenware, distributed from Sydney and Dubbo Showgrounds, were collected by exceptionally thankful volunteers from the Societies, eager to get them back to their communities and start planning for events and celebrating their early Christmas windfall.
The RAS Foundation (rasf.org.au) is a registered charity that encourages educational opportunities and helps build strong, sustainable and resilient rural and regional communities through targeted grants and scholarships.