Hid­den Trea­sures are help­ing farm­ers

Balonne Beacon - - NEWS - Ju­lia Baker

WHEN Drought An­gels first hit the lo­cal char­ity scene, it did so with the in­ten­tion of help­ing strug­gling farm­ers for six months - that was three years ago.

Since then, the char­ity has grown so much that last week it opened the doors to its very own char­ity shop.

“When we started we thought we’d do it for six weeks to six months and the drought would break and ev­ery­thing would be all right again,” Drought An­gels di­rec­tor Tash John­ston said.

“But as we kept go­ing, we could just see the need in ru­ral Aus­tralia was far big­ger.”

Lo­cated on Wambo St, Chin­chilla, Hid­den Trea­sures is the cul­mi­na­tion of six months of plan­ning by Ms John­ston and co-di­rec­tor Jenny Gai­ley, who un­til re­cently were op­er­at­ing the char­ity from ship­ping con­tain­ers in Ms John­ston’s back­yard.

“I’d love to grow from one shop. If we could get to the point where we could open up a cou­ple more shops in ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, that would be awesome,” Ms John­ston said.

The shop will open Tues­day to Satur­days in Chin­chilla.

PHOTO: JU­LIA BAKER

HID­DEN TREA­SURES: The Drought An­gels now have a char­ity shop.

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