picture of the We LIVE Here card and the three partner logos, Upper Hunter Community Services, Muswellbrook Shire Council and Upper Hunter Shire Counil.

Support drought impacted families in the Upper Hunter this Christmas

Your donation will contribute to a goal of helping 500 drought impacted households with a $1,000 ‘We LIVE Here’ local investment card to spend over Christmas. Individuals, groups and business of all sizes, from anywhere can donate and “Shout” a family this Christmas.

Donations go directly to those impacted by the drought. Administrative costs are covered by Upper Hunter Shire and Muswellbrook Shire Councils. There will be a 2.5% transaction fee charged by Try Booking.

Donations closed 4pm Friday, 6 December to allow time to distribute donations for Christmas spending.
Check back later for an update on this campaign.

Helping drought impacted families this Christmas

Let’s raise $500,000 to help 500 drought impacted familes with a $1000 We LIVE Here local investment card to spend over Christmas.

The whole community benefits

Keeping spending local means the whole community will benefit.

Recipients choose where to spend it

A We LIVE Here card enables people to make their own purchases over Christmas, removing the stigma of donated goods or vouchers.

Helping a drought impacted community

It’s usually these farmers that contribute towards your Christmas feast each year. This year these familes need your help through one of the most financially and emotionally challenging times of the year.

Over 200 businesses accept We LIVE Here cards

Recipients of the $1000 card can choose from over 200 businesses to spend their money, such as the local pharmacy, hardware, hairdresser and grocery store.

Works just like an EFTPOS card

A We LIVE Here card works like an EFTPOS card with a pre-loaded value. They have become a popular gift option throughout Upper Hunter Shire and Muswellbrook Shire communities since being launched in 2018.

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How it works

  • 1

    Make your donation

    Go to the Make A Donation page and select one of the three suggested amounts, or choose your own.
  • 2

    Smaller donations are combined to make up $1000 gift cards

    You don't need to make a large donation, smaller donations will be combined to make up each $1000 card.
  • 3

    Upper Hunter Community Services Inc will distribute the cards

    Registered charity, Upper Hunter Community Services Inc, will receive and distribute We LIVE Here gift cards directly to households in need and coordinate distribution of cards with other local registered charities at the coal face such as CWA, Lions, Salvation Army and Rotary.
  • 4

    Recipients of the $1,000 local investment cards spend their funds in town

    We LIVE Here local investment cards can only be spent in Muswellbrook Shire and Upper Hunter Shire local government areas helping to invigorate the local economy.

Drought Impacted Upper Hunter

The Upper Hunter is a rural region located south of Tamworth in NSW Australia. Farming families, the agricultural industry, and many local businesses have been badly impacted by the drought.
We LIVE Here cards are accepted at over 200 businesses in Aberdeen, Denman, Gundy, Jerry’s Plains, Merriwa, Murrurundi, Muswellbrook, Sandy Hollow, Scone and Wingen.

Water tanks and wallets are empty

Farming familes and the economy of townships that rely these families are impacted by loss of income as well as the heartbreak that comes with drought in a rural community.

Our Shout This Christmas is a partnership between:

Upper Hunter Community Services Inc logo
Muswellbrook Shire Council logo
Upper Hunter Shire Council logo

A special thanks to these local businesses for their help in getting this campaign off the ground, or for their kickstart donations

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Damien Leith logo