No price on value of compassion

COONABARABRAN residents affected by bushfires will receive more help from Dubbo in the way of a cheque from Rotaract of Dubbo City.

Acting president Carla Pittman and members Andrew Brooks and Jessica Smith were on hand to present $1000 to the Salvation Army on Monday night.

Major Colin Young and rural chaplains Maree and Trevor Strong received the cheque, and Mrs Strong said it would go a long way.

“Trevor and I were there in the first week of the disaster and even still there are hundreds in shock,” she said.

“It will go into gift cards for food and fuel for those getting back on their feet - you can’t just give them whitegoods, it could be 3, 4, 5 years before they’ve built a home.

“It will help the practical side of things.”

Ms Pittman said Rotaract had decided to donate money to the cause in their last meeting.

She said the club felt it was important to use the Salvation Army as mediators so they could distribute the money fairly.

Other contributions continue to pour in from around the region and further, namely for the Warrumbungle Shire Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal.

That appeal has now raised more than $320,000 in donations.

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