Moree Show Society to receive donation of toys and kitchenware to support the community

Janine Disbery from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW with packaged goods. Photo: contributed
Janine Disbery from the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW with packaged goods. Photo: contributed

Moree Show Society will be receiving a donation of toys and kitchenware in time for Christmas to benefit the local community, thanks to the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW's (RAS) collaboration with Good360.

The local show society is one of twenty across Northern NSW to share in more than $200,000 worth of toys, funded by the Sydney Royal Easter Show Thank a Farmer Day, and kitchenware, donated by Sydney Showground and Canterbury Leagues Club.

Since the RAS Foundation and Good360 began collaborating in 2018, more than 80 pallets of goods valued at over $1.2 million have helped upgrade local facilities, while lifestyle goods and toys are shared with the community.

With the support of the Tamworth Show Society, the pallets of goods were transported to Tamworth from Sydney where they will then be distributed to NSW show societies from a hub set up at Country Capital Meats.

RAS Foundation manager, Cecilia Logan, said the partnership with Good360 has already benefited many local show societies across NSW and it's very exciting to be able to distribute further goods to those that need it most.

"Many communities in Northern and Central West NSW are struggling amid incredibly tough conditions. In the lead-up to Christmas, we hope these extra goods uplift the spirits of the community, and help support local events and activities," she said.

"The local showgrounds and community halls will be able to utilise the kitchen goods to provide larger community events or fundraisers to bring families together. Local Societies plan to share the toys with schools and pre-schools, host a community gathering, or give them to families to sit under the Christmas tree.

"Good360 is in the business of connecting surplus with need and their support is helping us to build strong and vibrant regional and rural communities."

Volunteers from each show society will collect the goods and take them back to their communities and start planning for events to celebrate 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.