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Showgirl gives back

Posted on : 07 January 2017

Article first appeared RAS Times November 2016

Narrabri Showgirl finalist, Kate Ricardo, represented the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW (RAS) during a professional volunteer trip to Lightning Ridge earlier this year.

The 21-year-old nursing student was just one of 30 people who took up the challenge to assist the drought stricken community with desperately needed maintenance on 22 properties. They also contributed to civic pride by planting a welcoming avenue of 125 trees along the three kilometre stretch of road that is the town’s entrance.

The group were coordinated by Outback Links, an organisation with over 10 years’ experience connecting skilled volunteers with people in remote Australia who could use a helping hand.

“We have 1,200 volunteers from various backgrounds who share a passion for giving back to farmers in remote Australia. It was great having Kate join us on this particular trip. As a Youth Volunteer she assisted the tree avenue team and played an important support role on some of the property projects,” said Glenn Price, National Corporate Partnerships Manager, Frontier Services’ Outback Links.

Kate, who is enjoying a university gap year, didn’t hesitate to throw herself into the eight-day project. “I come from a family farm between Walgett and Rowena and know firsthand how devastating and isolating life on the land can be during tough times,” she said.

“The RAS opened a door to get involved in the community, make lifelong friends and give a helping hand to those in need. It was an incredibly rewarding experience full of hard work and lots of laughter."

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