WAGGA-based organisation Country Hope has been allocated $7500 to establish a branch in Dubbo.
The charity works to provide assistance for families of country children diagnosed with cancer and other chronic life-threatening illnesses.
Country Hope general manager Ellie Webb said the funding from the State Government will allow the organisation to do some marketing to make people aware of what it offers.
"We've been around for 17 years and we're obviously well-known in the Wagga and wider Riverina area, but this funding will allow us to get out there and make people in the Central West aware of what we offer," she said.
"We're lucky that we've worked closely with Mollie and Ange Croft, and Ange has come on board as a director which is great because they're an amazing family with an amazing story.
"There is so much strain on country families when life-threatening issues arise in children, and often it proves too much, but we hope that by providing some financial assistance and emotional support we can help keep families together while they face that battle," she said.
In announcing the funding, Member for Dubbo Dugald Saunders said the charity did "amazing work in providing financial and emotional support for the families of sick children when it's most needed."
"We all hope we'll never find ourselves in a situation to need such a service, but it's great to know it's there, and can now branch out and provide assistance for people in Dubbo and the wider central west.
"It's hard for people to reach out for help if they don't know that services exist, so this funding will allow Country Help to establish a footprint in our region."
For information on Country Hope, visit the website www.countryhope.com.au
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