Boaties fundraise to help out our Aussie farmers
FARMERS struggling with the drought in the state's central west will get a springtime boost when 15 semi-trailers loaded with precious hay for livestock leave Caloundra on Sunday, November 27.
It has taken 11 months of fundraising but the Caloundra Power Boat Club now has $50,000 worth of hay to give to Rural Aid Australia for distribution in the Miles region about 380km north-west of Caloundra.
Last December a Kenilworth listener heard club manager Kevin Deguara being interviewed on Caloundra Community Radio 104.9 about the club's work for charity.
"I received a letter from the woman who described how she and her children were living with her parents and she was working part-time while her husband stayed on the farm in the central west.
"She described the plight of fellow farmers in the region as being one of marriage break-ups and depression. It brought home to me just how bad things were.
"I spoke to our board and we decided to help by raising funds for a hay run at the end of spring when the farmers need it."
Mr Deguara said the fundraising wasn't over yet.
"We still need money for fuel for the trucks. The Rotary Club is helping with proceeds from its Melbourne Cup Day and on Saturday, November 26, we're staging a free country and western night at the club.
"There'll also be fireworks and a farmers' market with produce being donated.
"The next day we're holding a Bush Poet's Breakfast before the trucks and their police escort leave about 10.30am."
Mr Deguara said 80 per cent of Queensland was still drought declared.
"Our farmers are struggling to keep breeding stock. Once they get rid of their breeding stock it's a hard road back."