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Rallying to help drought-stricken farmers

Geoff Helisma |

Grafton-based charitable group Warm Touch 2460 has joined with Tamworth-based Facebook group, Doing it for our Farmers, to come to the aid of drought-stricken farmers, many of whom are contemplating destroying their stock due to being unable to afford to feed them.

Last Sunday afternoon, the group collected 16 boxes of donations and $80 towards fuel vouchers at a house concert at a Tyndale property, “ready for delivery tomorrow then off to Tamworth, thanks to Cromack Transport”.
Following the event, Warm Touch’s coordinator, Jenny Vickery, wrote on the group’s Facebook page: “Thank you to all of you that supported this worthy cause.

“I am continually impressed with the generosity of people in the Clarence Valley and am VERY blessed to have such wonderful people in my life – old and new friends sharing common interests and always being there when you need them.

“Thank you once more as your donations will help ease some of the burdens our farmers are experiencing.”
Meanwhile, the Clarence River Fishermen’s Co-operative is providing collection points for donations at its retail outlets in Yamba, Maclean and Iluka.

The co-op’s general manager, Danielle Adams, said her organisation wants “to assist in raising awareness and much needed goods for our fellow primary producers out west doing it tough”.

Ms Vickery, who was unavailable for comment at the time of going to press, wrote in an email to Ms Adams: “They [Doing it for our Farmers] are based in Tamworth and organise couriers to deliver to farmers in Australia [who] are struggling one way or another because of this severe drought.

“I am sourcing couriers for the next six months, at least, to transport items to Tamworth for distribution.”
People can also drop off their donations at the Jacaranda Laundry in King Street, Grafton and The Sweet Side of South in Skinner Street, South Grafton.

For other drop-off points that are in the process of being established, or for more information, contact Jenny Vickery on 0422 888 415.