Singleton's Mel Shore applauds community for helping with her Christmas mission to Cobar

SEASON OF GIVING: Good friends Emma Kidd and Mel Shore pictured with their young helpers Hendrix Kidd, Maycie Shore, Adelaide Kidd, Hallie Kidd and Sullivan Shore on the eve of Mel's drive to the Cobar region. There she would share three car loads of Christmas packages donated by the Singleton community.
SEASON OF GIVING: Good friends Emma Kidd and Mel Shore pictured with their young helpers Hendrix Kidd, Maycie Shore, Adelaide Kidd, Hallie Kidd and Sullivan Shore on the eve of Mel's drive to the Cobar region. There she would share three car loads of Christmas packages donated by the Singleton community.

If the Singleton region had an honour recognising the citizen of the festive season then Mel Shore would be a top contender.

While she has tried her hardest to remain out of the spotlight, the local mother and educator travelled to Cobar on Saturday to deliver Christmas packs for families battling the drought.

"It was just an idea I thought I could make work," she told the Singleton Argus this week.

"Let's adopt a bush family doing it tough this Christmas.

"So I sent out a message to friends and family to see if anyone wanted to help make this happen and people started saying 'yes' and what do you need?"

Less than ten minutes after sending out the initial request her good friend Emma Kidd arrived at her door with enthusiasm.

It was from that moment her mission appeared accomplishable on account of the generosity of those across her hometown.

"We then asked ourselves what families and where because there are so many who need help especially with the recent fires," she continued.

"However having lived and worked in Cobar I knew things would be grim out there so I made a call to my friends Tammy and Bridget who run the Cobar Mobile Preschool.

"I had worked there 13 years earlier and it serviced 25 rural families while providing pre-school services for an area roughly the size of Tasmania."

According to Mrs Shore, families are recycling water three times for washing, bathing and using it in toilets as a consequence of drought.

She also believes many men across the Cobar region are struggling with mental health while kids who have never seen rain in the four years.

MEANWHILE the Singleton Argus understands that the search for alternative water supplies has intensified in Cobar as the major dam serving the region, Burrendong, has emptied to just three per cent of capacity.

This means miners in the region face having their high-security water entitlements potentially cut to zero in 2020.

"So we started adopting out families 25 in total," she continued.

PROUD MOTHER: Mel Shore pictured with daughter Maycie Shore and her friend Hallie Kidd.

PROUD MOTHER: Mel Shore pictured with daughter Maycie Shore and her friend Hallie Kidd.

"We tried to match families to what people had in their own family so hopefully they made the connection of how tough it would be not to be able to buy their own families and kids presents.

"We were amazed at people taking on other families and within hours all families had been adopted by a local or interstate family."

Each household received a 24 pack of water, an essentials pack (razors, soaps, washing liquid, toothbrushes and tooth paste) and a box of presents to open on Christmas Day.

A personalised drink bottle was also sent for each child (around 65 in total).

"I'm thrilled that our wonderful community of Singleton supported this idea," she concluded.

READY TO GO: Three car loads of Christmas packages were transported from Hunterview (near Singleton) on Friday night to the Cobar region on Saturday for families doing it tough.

READY TO GO: Three car loads of Christmas packages were transported from Hunterview (near Singleton) on Friday night to the Cobar region on Saturday for families doing it tough.

"I like to help in the back blocks but would like to take this opportunity to mention some businesses that jumped on board.

"My kids have asked me a number of times 'why are we doing this mum?' and my answer is 'because we can' and we should if we can."

Sponsors:

  • Singleton Ink spot
  • Singleton Sports Power
  • Fossils Garden Lawn Services
  • Blu's School of Dance
  • Evidence Surf Shop
  • A Sense of Balance
  • Keida Hairdressers
  • Discount Chemist
  • Waratah Hire Service
  • Oldknow Electrical
  • Moss and Twine Florist and Gift Shop
  • The wonderful families who adopted these Cobar families