Community backs farmers

Crazy for Ewes Chloe Campbell and Rachael with bags of feed for sale for the farmers in need. 183804_03

By Jessica Anstice

 Want to make a difference, and help the drought affected farmers in NSW?

The Crazy for Ewes group will be leaving for Dubbo to deliver much needed stockfeed for farmers crippled by drought.

“Metro Quarry Group has donated a truck and semi-trailer and we are taking the trailer full of stockfeed to Aussie Helpers in Dubbo,” group member Janie Stace said.

“We also have another truck full of stockfeed that will be going to Gunnedah Aussie Helpers. There will be close to 40 tons of stockfeed in the trailer.”

Ms Stace said donating is important not only to help the farmers in need but to let them know people care about them.

“We are doing everything we can to help them,” she said.

“The farmers in the drought area have no feed and no money so what we’re doing is supplying them with some stockfeed and some money.

“Ever since it was blown up in the media, everyone wants to pitch in and help out. That’s why we started Crazy for Ewes.”

In conjunction with Crazy for Ewes, Pakenham Produce will be hosting a special day on Saturday, 11 August from 9am until 2pm to raise money for the drought relief.

The community event will include a sausage sizzle, Barn Buddies, face painting, fairy floss and more.

“All proceeds will go to donating stockfeed. Pakenham Produce has an in instore account for donations,” she said.

“The event is all about people chipping in and helping. We want to let the farmers know that we have their backs and that we are thinking of them.

“If there’s a way we can help, we will.”

Ms Stace and her partner will drive the feed up to Dubbo on 25 August.

Half the proceeds from the Parklea Pakenham Agricultural and Horticultural Horse Show raffle will go towards the relief.

“The Pakenham Show in an agricultural and horticultural show and supporting the farmers is important as they keep the show going,” president Geoff Young said.

“So why not support them the best we can by donating food and money to get them back on their feet.

“The raffle is well and truly underway and people have come on board with donating prizes and money for the drive to Dubbo.”

Raffle tickets will be available for purchase at Pakenham Produce on Saturday and drawn on Saturday, 25 August.

“If we don’t help out, there will be no produce for the people to buy,” he said.

“It will be every expensive and we will end up like a European nation where everything is dear.

“The money will go towards the feed for the animals including cattle, sheep, farm dogs and farm pets.”

Mr Young said everyone should get behind any cause that helps the farmers because they’ll repay you when times are good.

A group of local businesses in the Berwick area through Rural Aid Initiative of Buy a Bale have put together donations totalling $9500 in order to supply and buy a semi-trailer load of hay for the Western Victoria fire affected farmers.

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