WOMEN RALLY FOR FARM­ERS

Ladies plan Over the Range fundrais­ers to help in drought re­lief

The Northern Star - - FRONT PAGE - BY SU­SANNA FREYMARK

TWO lo­cal farm­ers’ wives Anne Clarke and Karen Smith know what it’s like to strug­gle through a drought. So they de­cided to do some­thing about it.

Along with their hus­bands Shane and Darryl they have or­gan­ised the Over the Range fund-rais­ers.

The two women cre­ated a fam­ily fun day that has raised thou­sands.

“We want to save towns,” Anne said. “We will send vouch­ers for them to spend in their town.”

BE­FORE the drought re­lief fundraiser be­gan, or­gan­iser Anne Clarke said they al­ready had $12,000 for farm­ers out west.

She won’t know the full amount from yes­ter­day’s event at Casino Golf Club un­til to­mor­row.

All she knows is how much she wants to help strug­gling farm­ers.

When she and hus­band Shane New­stead were travelling in Jan­uary, they stopped for petrol at Peak Hill in NSW.

“It’s dry out here,” Ms Clarke said to the woman at the ser­vice sta­tion counter.

The woman, in her 70s, started to cry, she said.

“Would it help if we paid cash?” Ms Clarke asked.

The woman nod­ded. Her hus­band, in his 80s, came out from the back.

“It means we can eat tonight,” he said.

That con­ver­sa­tion spurred Ms Clarke and Mr New­stead to re­turn to Casino and or­gan­ise the Over the Range fund-raiser.

Kyo­gle’s Karen and Darryl Smith came on board.

“We’ve been in drought,” Ms Smith, from The Risk, said.

“Their drought is worse than any­thing we’ve ex­pe­ri­enced.”

The two women cre­ated a fam­ily fun day that has raised thou­sands.

“We want to save towns,” Ms Clarke said.

“We will send vouch­ers for them to spend in their town.”

In­cluded in the golf club raf­fle were items do­nated by Mark Waugh and a set of golf clubs from Craig Parry.

More than 40 stalls were set up at the golf club.

The live bands, jump­ing cas­tle and the Flair mo­tor­bike show of­fered their ser­vices for free in sup­port of the farm­ers.

Money raised goes di­rectly to Buy-A-Bale and Ru­ral Aid, club man­ager Andrew Porter said.

There would be no ad­min fees and the money would go di­rectly to farm­ers, he said.

Photo: Su­sanna Freymark

IN SUP­PORT: Ten­ter­field mayor Peter Petty, event or­gan­is­ers Anne Clarke and Karen Smith, Casino Golf Club man­ager Andrew Porter and Rich­mond Val­ley mayor Robert Mus­tow at the Over the Range drought re­lief fundraiser at Casino Golf Club.

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