A sense of gratitude displayed today, as farmers with a genuine love for the industry, gave themselves some time out, with the generosity and kindness from the Tamworth Men of League.
A Farmers Grill & Chill Re-Run held at the Calala Inn today has left farmers feeling supported, cared for and new friendships have been formed. Strength has been restored in the local farming community, by easing the pressure of drought through the sharing of a delicious meal, sharing stories and having a good laugh.
The Tamworth Men of League hosted a free lunchtime meal and drinks in the beer garden of the Calala Inn, near Tamworth NSW. As farmers enjoyed a cold one, smiles returned as the drought load was lightened in simple conversation with old and new friends.
The Men of League Foundation is an Australian rugby league charity providing support and assistance to men, women and children from the rugby league community who have fallen on hard times. The Tamworth Men of League have once again expanded that support to the local farming region. They invited local farming families to the second Grill & Chill event, following its success last year.
This was the first event that my husband and I have attended. Feeling a little awkward at first, for just allowing others to show their support, yet quickly we were made to feel welcome and very comfortable.
We shared friendly conversations with other farmers that we had just met, feeling an instant connection and relatability to issues within our lives. The positive discussions lifted spirits and recharged our inner batteries.
The chefs at Calala Inn provided a delicious cooked meal including steak, sausages, vegetables and salad, on behalf of the Tamworth Men of League. The tasty meal was served buffet style. The staff behind the scenes made this happen.
It enlightened me, to see the selfless acts of kindness in organising such an event to support farmers in a time of need. Industry support with a personal touch, was at the grass-roots of the event.
Sponsors provided a variety of valuable lucky-door prizes for farmers to all enjoy. The many sponsors generously provided these prizes, so to hear their names reminded us of the businesses that supported this hospitable occasion.
I was fortunate to meet exceptional people today… those that so kindly put this event together and their thoughtful family members, as well as those strangers that became friends ever so quickly, through mutual understanding or compassionate connection.
Thank you to Kevin and the Tamworth Men of League team for your thoughtful acts of kindness, your support and your gracious hearts in our local community. It is empowering to see the difference you make in so many lives. Today was not only a simple meal, drink and a prize being provided… but rather the analogy of an outstretched arm of support and a gentle reminder of the good people that exist in our community at large.
It is in these tough times that we have seen so many selfless acts of kindness be revealed. And it is with this supportive shining light, that gives farmers the strength to hold onto their passion in sustaining the agricultural industry into the future.
Take care, Karen.
“Sometimes we just need someone to be there for us.
Not to fix anything or do anything in particular,
simply so that we can feel we are supported
and cared for during the hard times.”
~ Author Unknown