Monday, 24 September 2018

Practical Care in Carinda

Frontier Services and the NRMA staff leave the small outback town of Carinda in high spirits after another successful Outback Links trip to the bush.

A team of eight NRMA mechanics drove from Sydney to Carinda in far north NSW to help struggling farmers the way they know best - tinkering under the hood of a car (or tractor).

For NRMA mechanic Marcus Titheradge, the outback experience was eye-opening.

“I’ve been watching the drought for some time and seeing how tough they’re doing it, I just wanted to pitch in and lend a hand,” he said.

“I missed my daughter’s birthday to come here - but it’s okay - she said she’s proud of me.”

Carinda was once a bustling town of over 200 people, with a cinema, shops and two Rugby Union teams, but the drought has taken its toll on the community.

Frontier Services’ Bush Chaplain Rev. Phill Matthews visited Carinda farmers before this trip to have a cuppa and a chat to find out how he could help.

“The farmers out here have been struggling with the drought for over seven years - and we are here to support however we can,” he said.

“I feel truly blessed that Frontier Services and the NRMA have come together to bring hope and help empower our farmers to stay on the land for generations to come”

You can help Frontier Services keep Rev. Matthews on the road, bringing practical and pastoral care to those who need it most by making a donation to the Frontier Services Drought Appeal.

The work in Carinda will continue with Frontier Services and the NRMA heading back in mid-October.