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Singing to support drought-affected


A special fundraising event will support drought-stricken farmers in the Upper Hunter town of Murrurundi.

Sing Out for Murrurundi is set to take place at Belmont 16s this Sunday 29 September from 2pm, with a range of community groups to perform and pledge their help.

Connor Wink, Newcastle-based NovaTones, Eastlakes U3A Ukelele group, and the Clan McEwan Pipe Band will all chime in for an afternoon of fun and entertainment.

The event has been organised by Sing Australia Belmont, which managed to raise $25,000 last year for Rural Aid.

“Following the recent media coverage of the dire situation in Murrurundi, Sing Australia Belmont has committed our fundraising efforts this year to support drought relief efforts in this area,” Convenor Annette McEwan said.

“Pop-up Pantry is a local charity working through the Lions Club of Murrurundi and they are doing an extraordinary job of supplying hard hit farmers with the financial, practical and emotional support they need.

“We want to target our fundraising efforts to that group and are very keen to engage our community again to get involved with our efforts.”

Apart from the Pop-up Pantry, Sing Australia Belmont also plans to visit Murrurundi on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November to deliver its collections, spend money in the town, and spread good will through singing.

The group aims to drop off some Christmas presents donated for the town’s students by West Wallsend Public School.

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