Don't leave farmers high and dry

For us, no rain is a nuisance because the dust doesn't wash away and the garden gets dry. But for many farmers around NSW, no rain means the ruin of yet another harvest and another year living hand to mouth.

For years, Anne Thompson from Clunes (pictured) has been running the Food for Farmers Appeal, collecting non-perishable food items to be packed into hampers and sent to the worst-affected farmers at Christmas time.

When Anne wrote to the Rural Financial Counselling Service and asked would they like some hampers again this year, they replied, “Yes, we could definitely do with some Christmas cheer.”

“They told me that conditions are worse than ever this year and many farmers will go without a harvest for the fourth year in a row," Anne said. "Many of our farmers are in deep despair and we know from the hundreds of cards and letters in previous years just how much this means to them to know that they are not forgotten."

Anne would like people to donate food items such as tea, coffee, tinned fruit/vegies, tinned ham, tuna or salmon, cake mixes, pasta sauces, biscuits, lollies, Christmas cakes/puddings or anything else people would like to buy or donate from their cupboards.

The drop-off point is Jontom Car Sales, 77 Dawson St, Lismore, and Anne is also hoping previous businesses which acted as drop-off points will do so again. They can confirm with Anne on 6629 1041 or 0412 910 523.

Schools, businesses and church groups are also asked to start collecting food items, toys and gifts. Or cheques can be made out to Bangalow Lions Drought A/C, c/o Anne Thompson, PO Box 214, Clunes, 2480.


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