Cowal's Christmas gift to help local Vinnies branch spread cheer

Cowal Gold Operations Community Relations Officer Renee Pettit presenting the $5000 in Why Leave Town Cards to Forbes Vinnies President, Vince Toohey.

Cowal Gold Operations Community Relations Officer Renee Pettit presenting the $5000 in Why Leave Town Cards to Forbes Vinnies President, Vince Toohey.

An Evolution Mining Christmas donation has brought a boost to the Christmas spirits at St Vincent de Paul Society Forbes Branch.

It comes after Cowal Gold Operations announced it would be sharing $20,000 worth of gift cards between the Vinnies branches at West Wyalong, Forbes and Condobolin.

It follows the second cancellation of the mine's annual Christmas Party, due to the impacts of Covid-19, with employees last year given a number of options for how to spend the leftover funding.

As a result of a site-wide survey, Evolution Mining made a donation to charities, supporting local residents, who might be struggling this festive season.

Community Relations Specialist Steff Wills said they hoped the $5000 in Why Leave Town Cards would once again help the families and individuals in Forbes, who relied on St Vincent de Paul Society for food and other services during Christmas.

She said 2021 had taken a toll on a community already battered by the pandemic in 2020, and drought in the years before that.

"This donation has come from our people at Cowal," Ms Wills said.

"We're really proud to be part of our community and to be here to lend a helping hand when it's needed most."

Forbes Vinnies President, Vince Toohey, expressed thanks for this generous donation stating that it would be of so much benefit to so many in need in our area over the Christmas season and into the coming months.