Nearly $3000 in money raised from AgQuip steak sandwiches will help Gunnedah Family Support buy home appliances for transitional housing in the area.

Joe Newbery was on hand to accept the donation to GFS made possible through steak sandwich sales at the Nationals’ AgQuip stand last month.

Mr Newbery said the $2822 in assistance will be of great benefit given the increasing demand on its services.

In the last financial year, GFS assisted 240 people who were homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Gunnedah area – a figure which only represents those who sought assistance, not all those effected.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson thanked those who chose to have their lunch at the Nationals stand and help a worthy cause.

He said this year’s donation was more than double last year’s steak sandwich takings of $1326 which was also donated to GFS.

“I know the Nationals stand fed a lot of hungry attendees over the three days, selling a record number of steak sandwiches, with all proceeds going towards local organisation Gunnedah Family Support,” he said.

Gunnedah Family Support manager Vanessa Hodges-Schembri was delighted to be asked back to the Nationals stall at AgQuip this year.

“The proceeds raised at last year’s AgQuip were used to purchase swags that have been provided to community members who are temporarily camping due to homelessness,” Ms Hodges-Schembri said.

Mr Anderson also thanked the team at Teys Tamworth who donated the 300 steaks that made the fundraiser possible.

Asked about his preferred cooking method, the Tamworth MP said a good “couple of flips” on the barbecue was his top tip to serve up the perfect AgQuip steak sandwich.

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