St Joseph's P&F put on their gumboots to raise money

LET IT RAIN: Jodie Stewart and Kate Yabsley had their gumboots and umbrellas out selling tickets in the rain, rain come again competition for the St Joseph's P&F. Photo: ZAARKACHA MARLAN
LET IT RAIN: Jodie Stewart and Kate Yabsley had their gumboots and umbrellas out selling tickets in the rain, rain come again competition for the St Joseph's P&F. Photo: ZAARKACHA MARLAN

"When is it going to rain?"

"Your guess is as good at mine, let's have a competition."

That was the conversation between Kate Yabsely and her husband on a trip to Sydney which sparked a local fundraiser for the St Joseph's P&F. 

Tickets have been sold within the community guessing which day in the next four months will receive the most amount of rainfall, with all money raised for the school's P&F. 

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"It's basically a dollar board with a twist and a bit of humour to it," Mrs Yabsley said.

"The competition is to pick the highest rainfall recorded in the Nyngan township on that calendar day, within April, May, June or July.

"Because of the drought conditions it's just a little bit more of a plug to put a bit of spark back in the community," Mrs Steward added. 

The St Joseph's P&F have raised thousands of dollars for the school over the years to contribute to school equipment and excursions. 

"We contribute a significant amount toward the buses, which take the children to Sydney or Canberra, and the younger children to Dubbo to the the zoo or a play," Mrs Yabsley said.

"We also contribute to textbooks and stationary at the end of each year and any reading books.

"We just bought a bubbler system ... so fundraising is an ongoing thing."

The competition will be judged by five rainfall readers and the P&F committee, with the winner announced at the end of July. 

Both ladies thanked the community for their support of the fundraiser. 

"It really has been well supported ... and we're really grateful for the support, it hasn't been hard to sell the tickets and it's much appreciated," Mrs Yabsley said. 

"Hopefully we will have lots of rain over the next four months," Mrs Steward said.