Love for Lismore

A little caring and sharing can go a long way

Love in a bag delivered!

The response to do something for the older women of Lismore has been overwhelming. With your contribution, we were able to put together 100 care bags which we named “Love in a Bag” that, in a small way, expressed our solidarity with the older women in Lismore and surrounds at this difficult time.

We travelled to Lismore on Monday 16th May to start distributing the “Love in a Bag”. We were shocked by the devastation we witnessed and the fact that people are still living in unsafe and temporary accommodation. While we watched the scenes of devastation of the floods and its aftermath on television, nothing prepared us for what we saw on the ground.

Photo: Naomi Moran (L), Manager Koori Mail, local elder Aunty Rose  receiving a bag.

We partnered with Lismore based organisation, the KOORI MAIL and their amazing manager Naomi Moran. This national Indigenous newspaper has been leading recovery efforts in Lismore through their makeshift centre “The Hub”.

We also partnered with the Evening Branch of the CWA Lismore. They will take some of your bags to share on their rounds to isolated older women who need some support.

We received many donations of goods, money and time. Groups coordinated collections and we rallied together to make just a little difference and we have! Your kind donation will be spread across Lismore in our little hug in a bag.

We thank you for your generosity in supporting this project.

Love in a bag

We have all been reeling at the images of devastation caused by the floods in the Northern Rivers of NSW. The impact on the people who have lost everything is beyond comprehension.

We thought you would like to join us in doing something for the older women in that area by providing Love in a Bag care packs or a donation to express our solidarity with them at this difficult time.

OWN NSW has partnered with a Lismore based organisation, the KOORI MAIL. This national Indigenous newspaper has been leading recovery efforts in Lismore through a makeshift centre despite losing its entire office in the devastating floods.

We will work with the Koori Mail to make sure the bags are delivered safely to older women in the area.

Would you like to show your care and concern for the older women in Lismore?

 You can do so by making a donation of cash or all the items for one “Love in a Bag”.

You can help in two ways:


By Donation

You can donate below with credit card or PayPal; or you can ring us on (02) 9519 8044 to donate by card over the phone.

We will buy the items to create a bag. We estimate the cost of the bag would be approximately $100 but any donation is welcome!


Give Love in a Bag

You provide us with all the items for one bag. Our Love in a Bag is meant as a little hug for older women of the area filled with items to comfort.

You can purchase and deliver the items to us. As we are providing the bag, you can just send the items in a box/shopping bag. You can view the list of items for each “Love in a Bag” below.

Join us in sending Love in a Bag to the older women in Lismore!

Our Love in a Bag is meant as a little hug for older women of the area filled with items to comfort such as:

  • Hand cream
  • Tea/Coffee
  • Socks
  • Biscuits – no chocolate or biscuits that may melt. Hard biscuits such as shortbread , gingernuts etc will work well
  • Magazine (current)
  • Pen and journal/notebook
  • Warm Scarf
  • Lip Gloss
  • Lipstick
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Candle
  • Pillow covers
  • Nail polish

Please note:

  • We are accepting goods up to Monday 6th May.
  • We can only accept NEW items from the list above. Ideally we would like all the goods for one bag.
  • Please do not send anything else as we cannot get it to Lismore.
  • 100 bags have already been donated, so you DO NOT need to provide a bag. We want to thank FIX-A-TAP ® who have kindly donated the freight costs and service to Lismore. (Donated in loving memory of Betty Anne Robertson 1928 – 2022.)
  • Goods can be delivered to OWN NSW or through participating OWN groups – please contact group coordinators for the drop off point.
  • Deliveries to OWN NSW between 9-4pm weekdays by 6th May at:
    8-10 Victoria Street Newtown, Sydney, NSW.
    Please arrange a time with the office by calling (02) 9519 8044 or email


Donate with credit card or PayPal or by ringing us at (02) 9519 8044.

You can also donate through a Bank Transfer – details below.

You do not need a PayPal account to pay by credit card. When you are redirected to the PayPal login page, choose the “Pay with a Bank Account or Credit Card” option.

PayPal and Credit Card

Transfers can be made to account name:
Older Women’s Network NSW Inc
Account Number: 00901417
BSB: 062 031
Please provide the word LISMORE in the description

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