Many heed the call

Shepparton News - Country News - - OPINION -

Help for drought af­fected farm­ers con­tin­ues to flow in, with the sup­port over­whelm­ing ac­cord­ing to co­or­di­na­tors.

Ba­rooga Lions Club pres­i­dent Linda Ry­der said sup­port had been strong, with peo­ple do­ing ev­ery­thing from run­ning Parma for a Farmer nights and do­nat­ing funds to the Need for Feed Dis­as­ter Re­lief, to do­nat­ing hay, time and goods for hay runs to NSW.

‘‘I had an older gen­tle­man ring me up last week. He’s a for­mer dairy farmer and he was ask­ing where he could drop off a cheque,’’ she said.

‘‘There’s do­na­tions com­ing from ev­ery­where.’’

With the re­sponse grow­ing, Ms Ry­der said there had been over­whelm­ing sup­port for the up­com­ing hay run from Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 2.

How­ever, as drought con­di­tions con­tinue and feed runs low, Ms Ry­der said the group was ramp­ing up calls for do­na­tions of Max­care and Pro­feLAC Gold lamb and calf milk pow­der.

‘‘They’ve al­ready lost 60 per cent of breed­ing stock,’’ she said.

‘‘If we can keep the lit­tle fel­las alive for a cou­ple of months, hope­fully the rain will come.’’

Bun­bartha lo­cal Beau­dine Clark is one of many lend­ing a help­ing hand.

After see­ing the Need for Feed hay run pro­moted on Face­book, it was a quick de­ci­sion for Ms Clark and her part­ner to lend their sup­port.

Hav­ing col­lected goods from half a dozen busi­nesses to do­nate, she said more than 100 farms would ben­e­fit from the ham­pers which were a com­bi­na­tion of food, clean­ing and hy­giene prod­ucts, and pet food.

‘‘I’m just happy to lend a hand,’’ she said. ■ To do­nate to the Au­gust 31 to Septem­ber 2 hay run to northern NSW or for more in­for­ma­tion visit: need­for­

Help on way . . . An up­com­ing hay run will de­liver as­sis­tance to NSW farm­ers suf­fer­ing through drought. With the state 100 per cent drought de­clared, farm­ers are of­fload­ing their stock in record num­bers.Pic­ture: AAP Im­age/David Mar­iuz

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