The organisers of this year's Carols in the Vines set an ambitious goal to raise $10,000 for drought-affected farmers - and they achieved it.
A collaborative effort of New Vine Baptist Church and Cessnock Congregational Church, the carols were held at Moorebank Estate on November 29, raising $10,010.80 on the night, with more donations to come.
Rachel McCracken opened the show, followed by a big band of 20 musicians and singers from the Newcastle Army Band and local churches. St Philip's Christian College principal Darren Cox was the MC, assisted by Cessnock's deputy mayor Melanie Dagg.
Murrurundi resident Justine Cooper spoke powerfully about how desperate her community is, and how difficult it is to live with Level 6 water restrictions.
Meanwhile, a golf day at The Vintage last month raised a mammoth $60,000 for drought-stricken farmers.
With 112 golfers taking part, funds were raised with 'buy a drive' holes and a charity auction, with members and visitors generously opening their hearts and wallets.
The proceeds will be provided to Hunter Valley farming communities, with events organised in Timor and Willow Tree.