Bank now accepting donations for farmers
Cobram’s Commonwealth Bank has been swamped with donations of everyday items to support struggling farmers up north.
The branch is chock-full of toiletries, socks, dog food, bottled water — you name it.
Both the Cobram and Yarrawonga Commonwealth Bank branches are also accepting cash donations in-branch which can be directed to either the Red Cross Hay Runners or Lions Club’s Need for Feed programs.
Branch manager Racheal Cartwright said the community support had been fantastic.
‘‘We’re almost running out of room. It’s great,” she said.
‘‘The community has been amazing dropping off bags of groceries and other Commbanks have been collecting to bring to us.’’
From as far as Bendigo and Mount Beauty, bank branches have been bringing carload after carload of goods to be distributed.
‘‘The bank staff and communities have been really keen to support the cause,’’ Ms Cartwright said.
‘‘A few locals in Numurkah have donated knitted items, too.’’
Ms Cartwright said the overwhelming support in the area was due to residents understanding the plight of northern farmers.
‘‘Being a farming community, I think the cause resonates with a lot of people and they understand the impact the drought is having,’’ she said.
‘‘We’re not doing much at the branch — all we’re doing is collecting, trying to raise awareness and keep this at the front of people’s minds.’’
Coming back from a hay run on Sunday, Need for Feed northern Victoria coordinator Linda Ryder said the group had been run off its feet — and wouldn’t want it any other way.
‘‘Everybody in this district is fabulous. Residents from Tallygaroopna and Waaia are donating things — people are unbelievable,’’ Ms Ryder said.
The most recent run saw 72 trucks head north, with 69 trucks heading through Dubbo, while three peeled off and headed west into central NSW.
Another 17 trucks from Millicent, South Australia, headed to Broken Hill to deliver hay.
‘‘We did more than 400 farms on this run, and all spread out. One farmer got a pair of boots, which a volunteer thought nothing of, but the farmer was astonished,’’ Ms Ryder said.
She said the donations Commbank branches were currently collecting would be delivered in the next run, which is set for the end of this month.
Cobram and Yarrawonga Commonwealth Bank branches are accepting donations of goods or cash for farmers in need.