Dorothea MacKellar wrote in 1906:
I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of drought and flooding rains...
We here in Australia, throughout decades have endured
"the drought" which has touched the heart of our
country and our farmers in particular. Who finds it
more difficult than the woman who tries to make ends
meet while helping with the running of a farming
property during times of drought.
Zone AA03 Clubs in Braidwood, Bungendore, Crookwell,
Goulburn, Lake George and Queanbeyan wanted to
show their country sisters they care by helping women
on farms who are doing it hard. Women are the
backbone of many families and put their family
before their own needs. During times of drought
it is the woman of many a rural household who is
struggling to raise the family, clothe, feed and
educate them as well as support their husband and
work long hours on the farm.
Hence through the initiative of Zone Councillor
Fiona Spottiswood and Club Delegates the
"VIEW Drought Project" was created.
During 2007 VIEW Clubs in Zone AA03 were
asked to collect items to donate for Drought Packs
to distribute to country women in our immediate local communities.
Zone Councillor Fiona said "Country VIEW women care about
other country women! VIEW women can bring a little sunshine
and hope into the lives of disadvantaged country women who
are suffering from the long term effects of drought conditions
in our local communities by providing them with much needed
necessity items such as shampoos, toothbrushes, hand cream,
soap, deodorant, first aid kits, sunscreen etc."
Country members of VIEW Club's gathered together in friendship
to enjoy a BBQ on Lake George and to pack thousand's of items
for the Drought Packs.
Zone Councillor Fiona congratulated the VIEW Clubs from
Lake George, Goulburn, Crookwell, Queanbeyan, Braidwood
and Bungendore for their generous donations which
abundantly filled endless boxes for distribution to rural
women in need of a little helping hand.
"VIEW women certainly care and like to share!" Fiona said
as was demonstrated by our VIEW city sisters
from Woden and Belconnen who also added their generous
donations to the Drought Project.
Captions: 1) Ladies of Zone AA03 VIEW clubs at the
"Drought Project" BBQ on Lake George
2) Members of the Lake George Day VIEW Club and
Bungendore Evening VIEW Club