DISCUSSIONS are under way to ensure a $2000 donation to the WASH House is well spent.
The Mount Druitt organisation hosted a lunch to thank Tregear Festival organisers Lyn Cameron and Jim Maynard, who donated the proceeds from last month's event.
"It means a lot to us that people recognise the work we do," manager Catherine White said.
"We're always looking at ways to promote what we do but it's a double-edge sword.
"All our programs are fully booked and there's a waiting list for our counselling and domestic violence services.
"We've got to be careful what we promote if we can't meet the demands."
The WASH House receives recurrent state funding but nothing federally.
"We want to be sure we get the most from this donation," Ms White said.
"All the money goes into programs that benefit the community.
"There are many activities we want to do that we don't get funding for."
Festival organisers have donated $30,000 to causes over the past 19 years.
Organisations to benefit include Mount Druitt Hospital's paediatric, palliative care and rehabilitation wards, Tregear Ambulance Station, CareFlight, Mount Druitt SES and Shanes Park Rural Fire Service.
Mrs Cameron and Mr Maynard were on the original festival committee that included late former Blacktown councillor Danny Mackin.
The festival has been rained out twice in 19 years.
"It brings the community back to the way it was 30 to 40 years ago when everyone knew everyone," Mr Maynard said.
WASH House staff said the festival was an important community event to allow schools, dance groups and other performers to show off their talents.
Mr Maynard said the decision to donate to the WASH House was an easy one.
"When I found out what they do to help others, it was a logical choice," he said.