Wauchope people reach out to help farming families

Shikira Porter, Grace Scott and Grace McKenzie raised more than $800 at Wauchope High School.
Shikira Porter, Grace Scott and Grace McKenzie raised more than $800 at Wauchope High School.

Wauchope people are digging deep to help the drought-stricken farmers across Australia.

People around our area are reaching out to help the farming families affected by the big dry.

On Monday, three Wauchope High School students, Shikira Porter, Grace Scott and Grace McKenzie organised a non-uniform day and raised more than $800 with donations from pupils and staff.

“We thought of the idea to raise some money for people very close to our backyards and families all around Australia,” said Grace Scott.

Co-op help: Customers have been very generous and Matt Smith, Jed Pead and Craig Shaw get the load ready.

Co-op help: Customers have been very generous and Matt Smith, Jed Pead and Craig Shaw get the load ready.

Thanks to the kind-hearted people who shop at the Hastings Co-op, a truck-load of non-perishable goods is headed for farmers in the Wee Waa area. Tim Webster from Country Coast Transport is bringing them free of charge.

The Hastings Co-op's support for drought-affected farmers is continuing.  Customers will start to see 'Buy a bale' collection tins in 12 of their businesses.

“We urge you to continue to show your support for the courageous men and women on the land,” said Hastings Co-op CEO Allan Gordon.

A truck full of aid arrives at Gilgandra, thanks to Wauchope businessman, Rob Hamilton, and supporters.

A truck full of aid arrives at Gilgandra, thanks to Wauchope businessman, Rob Hamilton, and supporters.

Wauchope businessman, Rob Hamilton, his son, Luke and family, friends and businesses have sent three truckloads of hay to affected areas, and are organising a fourth.

”One of our fodder recipients near Gilgandra said the visit is almost as helpful as the feed people’s contributions are sending.

“Knowing that the world outside these farms cares about the welfare of farming families is uplifting to these folk, as it can be a lonely road,” he said.

Rob and family want to say a big thank you to Port Panthers Rock and Roll Club for their donation of $900.

Gilgandra is a dust bowl, said Rob Hamilton who took this photo on a hay run.

Gilgandra is a dust bowl, said Rob Hamilton who took this photo on a hay run.

Rob took the above photo at a property in Gilgandra where a load was delivered.  

“To say it is a dust bowl would be an understatement,” he said.

A truck driver delivering to Wauchope Rural offered to arrange freight.

“Good to see such support from the Wauchope community,” said Rob.

“The conditions can be quite horrendous, as we saw in the dust storms, and the work is continuous, feeding, checking stock, watering etc etc and on many properties, alone, with a partner working away at least some of the time. 

“Keep up the good work peoples with your donations to whatever group works for you, as this dry spell may go on for a while yet,” he warned.

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