Survivors get a helping hand from our Club Matto mates

Club Matto president Paul Vallis, Nambucca RSL Club CEO Wendy Mills and mayor Rhonda Hoban
Club Matto president Paul Vallis, Nambucca RSL Club CEO Wendy Mills and mayor Rhonda Hoban

The Nambucca Heads RSL Club was abuzz on Friday night; the car park was chokkas and the dining area full of people clad in spandex and tulle and eager to get footloose.

But before they could cut shapes on the dance floor there was a special presentation to be had.

The president of one of our sister clubs - Club Matto from Matraville in Sydney - had driven the 500kms especially to deliver a cheque for $25,000 to help assist the Nambucca Valley's bushfire survivors.

"We're very pleased to help in this way," Club Matto president Paul Vallis said. "This is about Australia for Australians."

Paul Vallis travelled to Nambucca to deliver the cheque in person

Paul Vallis travelled to Nambucca to deliver the cheque in person

The money will be combined with other donations from the community to hire shipping containers for property owners who have lost homes or sheds and need somewhere to store their remaining belongings.

"At the moment, there are those who are having to load everything they own in their car or ute every time they want to travel into town for something. This will give them some security again," Nambucca RSL Club president Wendy Mills said.

The shipping containers are being sourced from Royal Wolf Trading, courtesy of Allan McNaughton who has secured a special deal for the Nambucca.

Allan has personal connections to a few locals who lost everything in the November 8 fire and was only too keen to help support the recovery of our community.

To date, nearly $40K has been donated to the Nambucca RSL Club for our survivors, alongside 20 pairs of 'Boots for Bushies', a ride on mower, two semi-trailer loads of food and blankets, and several pallets of water.

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