OzHarvest makes a special delivery of hampers to Wingham Showground for bushfire victims

BlazeAid vice president Chris Male welcomed the delivery of 50 hampers from OzHarvest's Nicki Lembcke and Laura Sikais. Photo: Rob Douglas.
BlazeAid vice president Chris Male welcomed the delivery of 50 hampers from OzHarvest's Nicki Lembcke and Laura Sikais. Photo: Rob Douglas.

To the bushfire victims of the Mid Coast, OzHarvest Newcastle hasn't forgotten about you.

The food rescue charity made the trek up the highway to Wingham Showground on Wednesday, May 13 to deliver 50 hampers containing non-perishable items such as bread, fruit, vegetables, soups and pasta.

A food appeal was held at the start of the year to raise money and collect food for the drop-off to Wingham.

OzHarvest Newcastle's Nicki Lembcke wanted to assure bushfire victims they weren't an afterthought given the current coronavirus crisis.

"It's just as important as anything else because these people are on a long road to recovery," Nicki said.

"It's our main service and our core value is to do anything we can to help out.

"We collected supplies from Woolworths as well and drove up with the special delivery."

It's the first time the group had delivered hampers to Wingham. They will be delivered in person by BlazeAid volunteers.

BlazeAid vice president Chris Male has assisted bushfire victims in the area for more than six months.

She said donations such as this go a long way to supporting those still trying to get back on their feet.

"It lifts your spirit because of what's happened since the fires and don't forget there was a flood," Chris said.

"Because of what's happened with the virus, we've gone off the front of people's minds. This proves we're not forgotten."

The hampers will be a welcome gift for farmers, even those too proud to accept them.

"They won't be asked if they want it, it will just arrive and hopefully they'll put it to good use," Chris smiled.

Meanwhile, BlazeAid is in desperate need of vehicles to transport volunteers and material.

More on this issue later this week.