THE Upper Hunter community will soon reap the benefits of another extremely successful TransCare Annual Barefoot Bowls Night held at the Scone Bowling Club recently.
In a lovely gesture, the not-for-profit organisation made the decision to partner with long-time supporter, the Lions Club of Scone, in 2019.
Proceeds from the event were split with the Scone Lions to support their Local Farmers Drought Relief Fund, providing aid to families in our area who are struggling as the dry weather continues.
The total raised from the fundraising night was $7478 with Scone Lions accepting a cheque for $3,739 on Wednesday.
This money stays in the local area and will be distributed as drinking water, dog food, care packages, gift vouchers and We LIVE Here cards to residents on the land.
TransCare general manager Garry Lane said the organisation has had a long association with the Lions Club and it was time to give back.
"In the current climate it's really tough for businesses around the area, so we thought it was appropriate for us to do something in partnership with another organisation," he said.
"The Lions Club has been helping us do the barbecue for years and years so it's just a way of giving back and they've got a direct line into the farmers around the area for drought relief."
Local businesses rallied together and showed their support for the cause by contributing towards the the fundraising total by being event sponsors or by donating to the raffle and auction.
Major sponsors and supporters of the night included Scone Bowling Club, who donated $1000 and Farrow Mechanical and Nathan Moore Tiling who donated $2500 between them.
Other major sponsors included Scone Equine Hospital, Radio Hunter Valley, Warburton Real Estate and Scone Outdoor.
Mr Lane added that he couldn't thank the major donors enough for their contributions which will also be put back into the community through TransCare's programs and activities.
"At the moment it's really a relief to get away for a night and not worry about day-to-day worries and people got dressed up and really got into it on the bowls night," he said.
"It was just a really good opportunity to let their hair down and have a good time and we can't thank the major donors Ben and Nathan enough for what they've done."
Ben Farrow of Farrow Mechanical said he's been supporting TransCare's annual bowls night for four years.
"In the last two or three Nathan (Nathan Moore Tiling) and I have been the main supporters of TransCare which is great and hopefully we can continue that because it's a very important part of the community for the elderly and disabled people," he said.
"I've grown up in Scone and I know a lot of people that use TransCare to go places, even the people that drive the buses and it's really great that we can support the organisation and keep it going."
Scone Bowling Club President Doug Campbell shared the same sentiments and was proud to support the night.
"A lot of our members use their services and obviously we support the Lions Club and what they're doing during the current drought," he said.