You can help drought-affected farmers

Merino sheep stand in a dry paddock at the drought effected property Bando, near Lightning Ridge, NSW. (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

Many people in the Northern Rivers district are wondering if there is to be something organised in the way of drought relief this year, as many of our farmers are suffering the worst drought in living memory.

The answer is ‘Yes’ there is something we can do, even if it’s only to let them know we care and they are not forgotten.

The indomitable Anne Thompson, who has been organising drought relief for inland farmers for the last 24 years says, ‘although it’s too early for Christmas hampers and too late to organise Christmas in July, nevertheless hampers would be gratefully received’.

‘It is often said that we should not send goods as it deprives the local shops; however from my experience, the “local shops” are usually a couple of hours drive away and are invariably large multi-national owned super-markets!’

We can’t all afford to donate money, but most of us can find items in our cupboards that we can well do without. Please start putting non-perishable food items aside; ie canned, bottled, packaged goods, as well as toiletries, toothpaste and laundry products, dog biscuits etc. and spread the word.

Drop-off places:

Anglican Church Op-Shop Byron Bay

Ray Towers Carpets, Mullumbimby

CWA Rooms, Bangalow

Newrybar Produce Store

Wallace’s, River Street, Ballina

Lismore Showground Office (9- 5 week days)

Century 21 Real Estate, Alstonville

Feather & Stone Beauty Bar, Kyogle

Eric Box Mitsubishi, Casino


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