Ngala Moree Women’s Refuge recipient of MOAP donation

WITH the success of this year’s Moree on a Plate Food and Wine Festival well documented, the local community can now enjoy the spoils of another successful event.

Moree on a Plate Festival president Bethany Kelly was thrilled to recently donate a cheque for $3370 to the Ngala Moree Women’s Refuge.

Ngala Moree Women’s Refuge president Penny Boydell said the organisation was very grateful for the donation, which will go towards new clothing, particularly pyjamas and underwear, for the service and its clients.

“We rely on donations, which are hugely appreciated, but sometimes when a woman and her children turn up in the middle of the night with only the clothes on their back, it is nice to be able to offer them some new clothes,” Mrs Boydell said.

Ngala Moree Women’s Refuge is a crisis centre for women of all cultures and children, including boys up to the age of 14.

The 24-hour service, which has run for decades in Moree, is a much-needed and frequented service.

Mrs Boydell said programs such as healthy relationships and anger management are also run from the centre.


(From left) Moree Women’s Refuge president Penny Boydell with Moree on a Plate president Bethany Kelly, Women’s Refuge co-ordinator Pattie Smith and Moree on a Plate committee member, Marianne Pollock (Image: Georgina Poole).

Mrs Kelly said each year an organisation is voted by the Moree on a Plate committee for a funding donation.

“This is our first donation to Ngala Moree Women’s Refuge, and as a committee we were unanimous in our vote; we all felt this was such an important service for our Moree community,” Mrs Kelly said.

While Moree on a Plate is self-funded through the generosity of local business house sponsorship and donations, a festival raffle – run by the committee – ensures some proceeds from the event go directly back into the community.

This year’s raffle, with prizes again donated by generous local businesses, was a showstopper.

“The calibre and volume of prizes was outstanding, as was the generosity of those donating, and raffle ticket sales,” Mrs Kelly said.SushiWednesday001

With extra proceeds raised, the Moree on a Plate committee was also thrilled to donate three iPads and screen protectors to The Moree Hospital Emergency Department.

Emergency Department nurse unit manager Sue Coleman said the hospital was extremely grateful for the generous donation.

“The staff is so pleased to receive these iPads; they are such a valuable tool to use to distract and entertain children admitted into the Emergency Department,” she said.

“We would like to thank all the Moree on a Plate committee – it’s a huge job you do and it takes a lot of organisation and hard work.

“But we’re so lucky to have you to unite and entertain our town and benefit so many local organisations at the same time.”

And in another exceptional gesture of generosity, Grove Juice – first time exhibitors at this year’s festival and a generous sponsor – also pledged to donate half its takings to the final donation.

“We managed to raise $2,150 ourselves and then to have Grove Juice donate another $370.00 is phenomenal, and we would like to say a huge thank-you,” Mrs Kelly said.

Grove Juice is a locally-owned national juice company with oranges grown in Moree and processed in Warwick.

Words and Image: Georgina Poole