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The delivery from Lawrence of 12 ton of molasses to Gunnedah on Saturday to assist drought stricken farmers was transported by Tom Hannah of Hannah Timbers. Image: Contributed.

Tavern helps to ‘bale’ out farmers

Lynne Mowbray |

The Lawrence Tavern has been chipping in to help out the drought stricken farmers by organising their own ‘Buy a Bale’ fundraiser.

Owner of the Lawrence Tavern, John Hoy, said that the fundraiser which began on August 3 has so far raised $18,000.

“On Saturday we sent out 12 ton of molasses to Gunnedah which was delivered by Tom Hannah of Hannah Timbers,” Mr Hoy said.
“Next weekend we’re hoping to send out two semi trailer loads of round bales of hay.
“We’ve had a bit of mechanical trouble getting the hay baled, but now everything is back in order so it should be ready to go next weekend.
“We also have a painting donated by Peter and Judy Hill of P J Art in Ulmarra. Peter is a well renowned artist who paints predominately bush scenes.
“His painting is of (the famous photograph from) the 2009 Black Saturday Bush Fires that ravaged Victoria, of a fire brigade member giving a drink of water to a koala, out of his water bottle. The title of the painting is, ‘Good Mates’.
“Peter would normally sell the painting for $2500 so we’ve started a silent auction at the tavern with an opening bid of $500. People can put a bid in either through our Facebook page or by phoning the tavern on 6647 7213.
“The silent auction will finish at 12 noon on Saturday September 8.
“There are photos of the painting on our Facebook page.
“This wonderful artwork would look good in any art collector’s private collection, hanging on a lounge room wall, or wouldn’t be out of place hanging in the company boardroom or in the foyer of a five star motel.
“So I hope that people realise that it’s for a good cause and bid up.
“Our fundraiser is going really good and we are overwhelmed with the support from the community, our customers and people offering assistance. So thank you to everybody and keep up the good work,” he said.

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