Cricket, football and netball equipment needed to help farmers

Giving back: Greg Pinnington and the Camden Cricket Club need your help to support farmers struggling through tough drought conditions. Picture: Simon Bennett
Giving back: Greg Pinnington and the Camden Cricket Club need your help to support farmers struggling through tough drought conditions. Picture: Simon Bennett

Camden Cricket Club is calling on locals to help struggling farmers survive ongoing drought conditions.

Club members Greg Pinnington and Dylan Scott have spent the past year raising funds, collecting food and sourcing sporting goods for farmers in NSW's west.

Mr Pinnington said they drove up to Condoblin last year with more than 4000 cans of food and $2500 to help drought efforts.

But this year they delivered something a little different.

"When we spoke to the farmers up there, they told us they needed water and food," he said.

"But they also told us about how the drought had affected their mental health.

"Then we spoke to some of the ladies from the Country Women's Association (CWA) and they told us how the drought was affecting kids across the region too.

"So we decided to raise some money and take them up some cricket and netball gear."

The generous duo delivered a range of used netball, cricket and football gear to help Condobolin and surrounding area schools.

"We're hoping to collect more and take it up there later this year," Mr Pinnington said. "Just seeing the looks on the kids faces and hearing how grateful the teachers were was a bit overwhelming.

"Lots of teachers said participation in sports had gone down because kids' families just couldn't afford the gear anymore because of the drought."

Mr Pinnington and Mr Scott also delivered another $6000 to the Condobolin CWA and have been working with local schools to garner more support for farmers out west.

"Douglas Park Public School just donated another $700 and we still have eight or nine schools helping us out as well," he said.

"People want to do anything they can to help our farmers."

Sydney Thunder will also allow the Camden Cricket Club to hold a raffle at their first home game of the new season.

To donate quality used cricket, football or netball gear visit All Cricket Gear at 18 Exchange Parade, Smeaton Grange.