Rotary Club of Ingleburn visits Upper Hunter to show their support during drought

SIDE BY SIDE: Members of the Ingleburn and Scone Rotary Clubs at the Colonial Motor Lodge in Scone on Sunday evening.
SIDE BY SIDE: Members of the Ingleburn and Scone Rotary Clubs at the Colonial Motor Lodge in Scone on Sunday evening.

WHEN The Rotary Club of Ingleburn arrived in Scone on Sunday, they had one goal, and that was to eat at as many local eateries and visit as many local shops as possible.

The nine members of the south western Sydney-based club will return home today, wrapping up their three-day drought aid visit to help their country cousins doing it tough.

The club have also donated fifty $100 We LIVE Here cards to locals as well as a variety of other measures including being out and about seeing first hand the impact the big dry is having on rural communities.

Ingleburn Rotary president Bill Salter said their aim was to make a difference in any way that they could.

"We decided that we would come up to some of the drought-affected areas and provide some relief to the community by spending some of our money in the township," he said.

"Because we know if farmers are suffering, they're not spending money in the town, so therefore that's what we're doing.

"We've bought up some vouchers which we can hand out, but we will be handing them out based on what the community wants.

"Hopefully the $100 vouchers will make some of the families who are suffering just feel a little bit better about themselves or pay a bill."

On Sunday evening upon the club's arrival, members of the Rotary Club of Scone met with the Ingleburn members for dinner at the Colonial Motor Lodge.

Scone Rotary president Lindy Hunt said she was delighted to hear of the Ingleburn Club's visit and was happy to accommodate them in any way she could.

"Rotary is a world-wide organisation and one of the things I think we do really well is mingle because we have a common goal in helping people," she said.

"When they contacted us to say they were going to bring some money up for people in need I didn't even hesitate because I know that people in the city don't often understand what country people are going through.

"Our funds are limited so to have someone else come in and chose our area to inject some funds into was just fantastic.

"It's really nice that we can socialise and really be grateful for the fact they're willing to help out."