Sydney-siders have another chance to bring hope to thousands of their country cousins across New South Wales doing it tough because of drought – and Bank of Queensland is helping out.
Harbour City residents have already donated thousands of dollars to 2UE’s ‘City to the Country’ charity drive, which has now been extended until New Year’s Eve to allow as many people as possible to help out.
Donations, which can be made at any of Bank of Queensland’s 19 branches throughout Sydney, will be used by the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide emergency food, clothing, financial assistance and transport to people suffering from the State’s worst drought in 25 years.
St Vincent de Paul Society spokesperson John Picot said Christmas, which should be a time for celebrating with family and friends, would be a struggle for many rural dwellers again this year.
“Although some rains have fallen in recent months, many farmers are still doing it tough after successive years of some of the driest conditions on record,” Mr Picot said.
“This is a major problem which not only directly affects thousands of farmers but also the community’s which depend on them.
“We appreciate that everyone’s finances are stretched at Christmas, but even a small donation is enough to provide hope to a struggling family.
“Just a few dollars can be enough to make a BIG difference,” Mr Picot said.
Bank of Queensland branches – at 136 Castlereagh Street (Sydney CBD), Burwood, Campbelltown, Campsie, Carlingford Court, Castle Hill, Dee Why, Hornsby, Hurstville, Kellyville, Kensington, Manly, Maroubra Junction, Menai, North Sydney, North Parramatta, Penrith, Punchbowl and World Square (Haymarket) – will accept donations right up until close of business on December 30.
Branch addresses and phone numbers can be located under Bank of Queensland in the White Pages or at the Bank’s website: www.boq.com.au.