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The WI members, many whom are from rural communities or still working in the rural community, wanted to support other women and their families affected by the bovine disease. It was a chance to let them know they had not been forgotten.
Mid Canterbury Federation of WIs president Mavis Wilkins said farmers dealing with M. bovis still needed community support or a helping hand, and it was the time of year when some extra cheer was needed.
‘‘Quite a few in the WI have come off farms and know what hard times are like. We wanted them to know they’re not forgotten,’’ she said.
Among the treats were some homemade Christmas cakes, rum balls and biscuits, as well as store-bought candy canes and chocolates.
The items would be given to Mid Canterbury Rural Support Trust team members to distribute.