No pudding this Christmas

COVID-19 spoils recipe for Broken Hill RFDS pudding bake drive

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Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Broken Hill Women's Auxiliary member Sarah Siemer and president Carol Holden. Photos by Sarah Siemer.

Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Broken Hill Women's Auxiliary member Sarah Siemer and president Carol Holden. Photos by Sarah Siemer.

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For the first time in 65 years the Royal Flying Doctors Service Broken Hill Women's Auxiliary has made the difficult decision not to make the Christmas puddings.

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It's the mouth-watering tradition that has adorned Christmas tables for generations.

But for the first time in 65 years, the Royal Flying Doctors Service (RFDS) Broken Hill Women's Auxiliary has made the difficult decision not to make the Christmas puddings this year.

Auxiliary president Carol Holden said they made the decision as Broken Hill was still in lockdown due to coronavirus.

"We've had too many cases and have to be COVID-19 free for 14 days before we come out of lockdown," Mrs Holden said.

"We are really disappointed as this would have been our 65th year."

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The dedicated team of women would have been well into baking the 2000 puddings right now if it was not for the pandemic.

"Even if we were cleared and out of lockdown we would only be able to operate with five people but you can't make puddings with five people," she said.

"It usually takes 10 to 12 women that do it in shifts."

The pudding drive is one of the auxiliary's main fundraising events every year where money goes towards the RFDS.

"Hopefully we can be back next year with our Ag Fair Ball and more fundraising activities," she said.

People can still donate to the RFDS through the Broken Hill Visitor's Centre.

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