A number of local businesses and establishments have felt the impact of changing COVID-19 restrictions recently, and many community groups are in the same boat.

The Narrabri Red Cross was excited to see the end of the second lockdown in the shire, with its team hitting the ground running on a number of initiatives and fundraisers.

On Saturday, September 25, members met with the local Women’s Shed for a mini-fundraiser.

Ladies from the Women’s Shed, who normally meet at the Sheltered Workshop, met at the Narrabri Community College for a craft project on the day.

Red Cross, which will supply the morning teas in future, was present with homemade biscuits and coffee for which the ladies made a nominal donation.

This will continue into the foreseeable future as a fundraiser for Red Cross, according to Max Pringle OAM.

“It was great to be out socialising again, all while collecting a few dollars for the charity,” he said.

But the group’s larger fundraisers will be taking place later in the year.

On Saturday, October 9, Red Cross team members started selling tickets for the annual Christmas raffle.

There will be representatives on Maitland Street every week thereafter, offering interested locals the chance to enter the draw.

This year, the Red Cross will offer prizes for first, second and third placegetters.

First prize is an open order to Coles, valued at $200.

Second prize is a large, printed artwork, including a frame.

And third prize will be a lovely handmade throw, crafted by Red Cross members and helpers.

The raffle will be drawn on Thursday, November 11, at the main street community kiosk.

Red Cross volunteers and helpers will also be selling homemade treats through a bake sale on-site, from 8am to 1pm.

“We’ll be opening early and selling baked goods until we run out,” Mr Pringle said.

Locals are encouraged to purchase raffle tickets, and head along to the November kiosk, to support the charity.

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