Sunshine Coast sends 3.5 tonnes of toiletries out west
PAT and Andrew Morris are not farmers, they don't live on the land, but for the past month they've been run off their feet to help Queensland's primary producers who are doing it tough.
On Thursday they will wave off a truck laden with 140 boxes filled with 3.5 tonnes of toiletries bound first for Maryborough, then to be distributed to farmers in need in the state's west by the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
After years of donating hay and fuel money the Caloundra couple decided to take things to the next level, coordinating a mammoth collection from communities across the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane.
"When they did the eleventh big run this year I said to hubby 'maybe we could do a little bit more'," Pat said.
The retirees were "blown away" with the generosity shown by those who donated products, storage sheds and boxes, the use of a truck, and time.
"We absolutely cherish our farmers," Pat said.
"If we lose our farmers we have lost so much, and they are doing it so tough.
"The normal, every-day things for us - you go to the supermarket and your produce is just there.
"Nobody thinks behind the scenes how it arrives there and who has grown it to get it here and there's just no help.
"Because we're involved with it we hear their (the farmers') stories as well."
More than 80% of Queensland has been drought-declared, and with those conditions producers will be spending what money they can on keeping their stock alive, Pat said.
"They can't buy the ordinary, everyday shampoo and conditioner, the shower gels," she said.
"It's just trying to make the farmers feel good about themselves and know that the people of Australia do care about them.
"We can not thank the Sunshine Coast and surrounds enough for what they've come on board with.
"It's just blown us away."