It was an eventful weekend marked by stormy weather and some exemplary community spirit, as Goodwin participated in the Murrumbateman Field Days, the flagship event for the Yass Valley.
Driven by the power of the community, the Field Days are a much-awaited occasion for the rural towns around Yass and Murrumbateman, and have helped raise $1 million for local community groups over the past five years. As Goodwin looks to expand its home care services across regional NSW, the event provided an excellent opportunity to reach out and connect with the local community.
The forecast leading up to the event looked grim. But we remained upbeat, as we started setting up our stall, which was at the northeast entrance, near the coffee shop. We had planned a host of different activities and giveaways, and even arranged for a stockpile of umbrellas to facilitate visitors, in case the weather didn’t hold up.
And so it happened on the event day – it didn’t just rain, it poured! So much so that our sturdy marquee that we had so proudly set-up, threatened to cave in, as the gusty winds swept across the grounds. It was only the timely intervention of our staff members, who held up the tent until the storm subsided, that saved the day!
Amidst all the drama, it was heartening to witness the community spirit of fellow exhibitors from neighbouring stalls, who chipped in every now and then, to help us fix our tent. A special thanks to them all for all their support!
Despite all the bad weather, the Murrumbateman Field Days were an event to remember. The thunderstorms may have affected the turnout, but they surely didn’t dampen our spirit. We can’t wait to be back there again, next year!