Yenda repays Tzu Chi favour

DRAGONS danced in the streets of Yenda on Saturday as local children watched, mesmerised.

A visit from the Tzu Chi Foundation, which offered so much support to residents after last year's floods, brought Chinese New Year to the village.

As well as two traditional dragon dances, locals were treated to a tea ceremony and a fashion show of clothes made from recycled plastic bottles.

The kind hearts and open hands of Tzu Chi volunteers brought some of the spark back to flood-stricken Yenda last March and again in August when they returned to check on the village's progress.

The foundation donated blankets and hygiene kits and gave out $500 gift cards to those who needed a helping hand.

On this visit, residents returned the donation tins the volunteers had left behind, full of money to help the foundation provide assistance to future disaster victims.

"The Tzu Chi volunteers are just brilliant, the people of Yenda are really grateful for what they've done," Yenda Diggers Club bar manager Robyn Damini said.

"There was one lady who handed them a cheque, presenting them with $500, which is what they'd given her in a gift voucher just after the floods.

"There were a few tears in the room there had to be more than 100 people there, showing their appreciation."

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