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Locals send donations for bushfire relief

Tuesday, 14th January, 2020

The Old Willyama Hotel’s Archie Ponchica, Chelsea Ryan and Juanita McInnes had their bushfire relief donations ready to roll yesterday. PICTURE: Myles Burt The Old Willyama Hotel’s Archie Ponchica, Chelsea Ryan and Juanita McInnes had their bushfire relief donations ready to roll yesterday. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Twelve palettes of bushfire relief donations have been loaded up and shipped out of the Old Willyama Hotel for people in need. 

The local appeal was started by the Old Willyama Hotel’s Juanita McInnes, Chelsea Ryan, Nicky Picken and Shani Spencer and they have been flooded with supplies and goods for communities and animals that have been ravaged by bushfires sweeping the nation. 

Ms McInnes said she, the hotel’s staff and workers from Jetcrete put all the goods into transport palettes and generous helpers from Silver City Express, TNT Freight Broken Hill, DLG and Nejaim Steel packed and shipped the palettes off to Mildura, with one already on route to Kangaroo Island. 

Ms McInnes said the 12 palettes that were sent off yesterday will be distributed to towns in need in NSW and South Australia.

“There’s everything from water to 5000 bottles of deodorant, 4,000 tubes of toothpaste. we’ve got care packages, over 600 care packages for kids, animals, adults, families,’ she said.

Ms McInnes said was amazed at the generosity of locals who’ve donated so much to the bushfire appeal in the last couple of days.

“It makes you have a very happy heart and very proud,” she said. 

“It’s actually been a very emotional week for us.

“To see the people come in and actually cry for what we’ve done, and every little bit counted.

“To see all the little bits that everybody bought come together like this, it’s just blow us away. Very, very proud.”

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