Farm­ers floored by group’s gen­eros­ity

Western Times - - BEST OF THE WEST - Amani Vas­sil­iou Amani.Vas­sil­iou@chin­chillanews.com.au

IN A com­pas­sion­ate dis­play of gen­eros­ity, a con­voy from Burpen­gary East rolled into Miles last Satur­day to de­liver much-needed goods to drought-af­fected farm­ers.

The 22 cars and three trucks were driven by vol­un­teers from the Burpen­gary East Farm­ers Friends group.

Group co-founder Tracey Knight said it be­gan as a small ini­tia­tive on Face­book three weeks ago, for those who wanted to help the farm­ers out in any way.

“We didn’t ex­pect it to get so big so quickly but ev­ery­one’s gen­eros­ity has been amaz­ing,” Ms Knight said.

Farm­ers met the con­voy at Gail Court’s prop­erty at Miles, where the goods rang­ing from hay and cat­tle feed to gro­ceries and house­hold items were dis­trib­uted.

“Ev­ery day we hear of people who are in ter­ri­ble des­per­ate need and these goods will go to help­ing people as far as Goondi­windi and Mitchell,” Mrs Court said.

Farm­ers Halina and Alex Stringer were over­whelmed by the group’s gen­eros­ity.

“It’s pretty amaz­ing that these people who have no emo­tional at­tach­ment or re­la­tion­ship with any of us have gone out of their way to do this,” Mr Stringer said.

PHOTO: AMANI VAS­SIL­IOU

HELP­ING HANDS: Burpen­gary East Farm­ers Friends ar­rive in Miles with do­na­tions for lo­cal farm­ers.

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