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The annual Country Cruise & Shine fundraiser raised $19,000 for Can Assist Bathurst. More than 190 cars traveled from Bathurst’s Rockabilly Cafe to The Foundations in Portland in April to honor the late Ash James, who lost his battle with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2018 at the age of 37.

Country Cruisin’ organiser Mel James, Ash’s sister, said the event showcased a vast variety of vehicles and proved to be a successful day all around.

“I think Ash would be very proud of everything we have achieved so far.”

Great visit from Emma Phillips, Can Assist’s Executive Director to the Branch in March. Emma’s visit was a huge booster after the events of COVD 2020. Full of inspiration and encouragement, her visit gave us all time to ask questions and reflect on the past year. Thank you Emma, for taking the time to travel so far.

During the COVID19 period from March to November the Book Shop has been closed but the Committee is very happy to announce the Book Shop has been re-opened and is already receiving a steady flow of keen bookworms. Run by local volunteers the shop is open daily from 11am to 3pm. Big thanks to all of them for such great support. The shop will now be welcoming the tourists back as the Christmas Holidays begin.

The upstairs area of the Book Shop has been revamped to create a great new area for a variety of books.  A big thank you to Alison and all the students for their efforts.