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A Newcastle sporting club has put together 50 grocery kits to support people who are struggling throughout the Wallsend electorate.

Newcastle Hunters represents people from an ethnic community called Malayalee, which originates from a south-west state in India, Kerala.

Formed nine years ago, the club boasts more than 500 active members in the Hunter Region, and has successfully organised major sporting events, including cricket, athletics, soccer, and badminton.

With about 80% of its members working in the health sector, the club quickly realised the impact that COVID-19 could have on the public.

Newcastle Hunters initially wanted to support international university students who were financially struggling, but then came across local residents facing hardship due to the current restrictions in place.

Club representatives contacted Wallsend State MP Sonia Hornery, who joined forces to help distribute items to the community.

The plan is to provide a basic grocery kit, which will support the beneficiary for more than a week.

Club members with some of the grocery kits at Wallsend State MP Sonia Hornery’s office.

Ms Hornery said it was another example of the community in the Wallsend electorate going “above and beyond when the chips are down”.

“Here we have a small sporting group who have dug deep to give back to the community,” she said.

“They have purchased 50 grocery kits, each containing the essentials, and want to get them out to locals who are in need of a helping hand.

“They have been working closely with the students at Newcastle university and have made sure they are all okay and have been looked after, and now want to make sure the rest of the community have what they need.

“My office will help co-ordinate the people in most need and arrange for the care packages to be delivered.

“Sharing is caring, and the Newcastle Hunters deserve a huge thanks for the very kind gesture they have made.”

Apart from the grocery kits, the club recently raised about $5,000 for bushfire relief, which was donated to Red Cross Australia.

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