Gumboots bring rain for farmers

Anne Thompson, who has been organising Christmas hampers for farmers in drought-ravaged areas of NSW for over a decade, would like to say a hearty thank you to everyone on the North Coast who contributed to last year’s appeal.

In total 540 hampers were sent, as well as boxes of toys ad gifts.

“They were all packed by volunteers in the Eltham Hall and loaded on to pallets by the Clunes Rural Fire Service once again,” Anne said. “They were then fork lifted onto trucks, courtesy of Mills Transport, and freighted free of charge by Tamex agents to Deniliquin, Broken Hill, Lake Cargelligo, Temora, West Wyalong and Mungindi.”

Overall 14 pallets weighing nearly 11 tonnes were donated.

“So many people should be acknowledged; from the crew on the Ballina bypass who passed the hat around and raised $1350, which was matched by the company; the Lions Clubs for their financial support; to garden clubs, schools, church groups and hundreds of individuals,” she said. “Locally-grown produce was included such as 1 tonne of sugar from NSW Milling and a couple from Alphadale donated $2000.”

Anne said the most unusual inclusion was 100 pairs of funky floral gumboots donated by Rosie Roo on the Gold Coast. A few of these were sent last year and were much admired, apparently.

“Any kind of gumboots are rare out there!” Anne said. “And it seems that the gumboots might have helped bring the rain with heavy rains falling in many drought-affected areas in late December.

“It might give the farmers some hope for the future. Heaven knows, they need some,” Anne said.


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