Joint effort to host free drought relief event

By Southern Riverina News

An event designed to empower communities and help them through the tough drought conditions will be hosted in Tocumwal tomorrow night.

It will be the first major community event hosted by the Tocumwal Local Health Advisory Committee, with support of the Tocumwal Football Netball Club and Rotary.

It is free to attend, thanks to funding from the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network.

The ‘Doing Drought’ evening is a free dinner and information evening, to be held at the Tocumwal footy clubrooms from 6.30pm to 9.30pm Thursday.

Tocumwal LHAC chair Ruth Silvester said the aim is to bring the community together and to encourage resilience in these climactic conditions.

‘‘We applied to the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network for $4700 to run the event, and because we were successful the event is free to all who want to attend,’’ she said.

‘‘It will be a night of relaxation and a get together, and we’ll have two great guest speakers.

‘‘Stuart Torrance, who has worked with the Men’s Shed program providing support and avenues to create men’s health and wellness, will speak on the topic ‘men need a tool kit’.

‘‘We will also have local resident Kim Sutton speaking on a mother’s resilience. Kim walked the Kokoda Track in December and will speak about completing it with a bunch of men, including her husband.

‘‘The night is also about trying to help local farmers through the drought, and there will be a range of support workers there ready to offer information.

‘‘The Tocumwal Football and Netball Club will provide a meal.’’

Mrs Silvester said children are welcome to attend the family friendly event.