Big-hearted town helps local woman
PEOPLE with big hearts in the Mallanganee community raised enough money to buy a car for a pensioner who had two stolen and torched in a year.
Mallanganee Hotel licensee Tracey Cox said in just two and a half weeks people from the small remote town managed to raise more than $1000 to purchase a car for local woman Betty Cundy.
After Mrs Cundy had her second car stolen and torched within a year, she was left unable to travel to visit her husband who is in a nursing home.
But Mallanganee's community spirit kicked in this month.
"It's a huge effort from the community and it is very, very surprising because we thought if we could raise $500 that would be great, but there is still money coming in," Ms Cox said last week.
"The people that donated were really people that couldn't afford to, which was really nice of them."
However, Auto Top Trade car dealership in Lismore did not accept the $1000 and, instead, gave Mrs Cundy a $5000 Holden Barina for free at the Mallanganee Hotel on Saturday.
Mrs Cundy was shocked when presented with the car.
"We left Betty at a friend's place up the road and when the car arrived we rang and told them to come down," Ms Cox said.
"There was a big bow around the car.
"Betty nearly collapsed when she saw it."
Auto Top Trade partner Martin Clapp said a crowd of about 30 people cheered as Mrs Cundy drove off in her new car for the first time.
"It just makes you feel so good to help someone," he said.
Ms Cox said the experience proved Mallanganee was a small community with a big heart.
"We're very, very proud to be out here in a community which can pull together like this."