Event to help Tatong farmer
When Tatong farmer Pete Smith suffered a significant injury, temporarily confining him to a wheelchair, the family dairy business had to keep operating.
While it has been difficult, he and his wife Beth have been forced to make it work, or risk losing everything.
Benalla Rural City Council outreach worker Ivan Lister knows the family well and decided to rally the community to get behind them and raise funds to help.
‘‘Their main bread winner is no longer able to work,’’ Mr lister said.
‘‘They have a dairy farm and it runs all night and all day, they have young children, too.
‘‘So after some discussion between me and other local farmers we decided to put on a fundraiser for the Smiths.
‘‘We usually run some kind of function in one of the small communities in Benalla to keep people together and keep people talking to each other.
‘‘We were about to organise one, then Pete had the accident, so we decided to put the two together and make it about supporting the Smith family.’’
Mr Lister formed a committee of five local people who arranged the Tatong Dance and Social, which will take place on October 20 at 7.30 pm.
Local band Couchgrass will provide the entertainment at the event, which is to be held at the Tatong Hall.
Acting Mayor Peter Davis said Pete was still in the wheelchair and even when he was out, it would be several months before he could start walking.
‘‘Farming is such a physical activity, and if a farmer gets hurt the farm doesn’t stop,’’ Cr Davis said.
‘‘The Benalla community are always behind supporting people in need. Unfortunately over the years we’ve had floods, fires, droughts and accidents.
‘‘But the community have always pulled together, at the event but also in recovery.’’
Entry to the event is $15 per person, or $35 per family, with tickets available at the door. BYO drinks and a plate of supper to share.
● If you cannot attend, but would still like to make a donation to the family you can phone Ivan Lister on 0474 501 406.