Nebine farmers will today receive much-needed assistance with the donation of 24 gift hampers to provide financial relief in the lead up to Christmas.
The hampers, made possible by a large donation from Ausco Modular and QGC, will be distributed by Chinchilla-based charity organisation Drought Angels at a special event for local farmers affected by drought.
As part of the Christmas gift packs, farmers will each receive a pre-paid $250 visa card, grocery box with fruit and vegetables, and Christmas cards, and will have access to 2,000 square bales of hay that will help to feed stock.
Drought Angels spokesperson Nicki Blackwell said Nebine farmers were in desperate need of assistance as the region had not received rain since March this year.
“Farmers in nearby towns have received sporadic bursts of rain throughout the year, but Nebine farmers have not been so lucky, and continue to endure the realities of drought,” she said.
“Having seen first-hand the devastating impact the drought is having in rural communities; I know these gifts will be a welcome surprise for the farmers who are doing it tough.
“Whether the money is used to pay-off overdue bills, buy feed for stock, or prepare for Christmas, families will be grateful for this support.”
Ausco Modular’s General Manger of Remote Accommodation, Roger Bradford said he hoped the donation would help to alleviate the burden on farmers caused by prolonged periods without rain.
“Our focus is on supporting the regional communities where we operate and we are thrilled to be able to help out with donations like this wherever we can,” Mr Bradford said.
“Christmas is an important time of the year where families come together, and we are humbled that our donation will help rural farmers in some way,” he said.
Mr Bradford praised the Drought Angels for their ongoing support of struggling farmers in South West Queensland.
“This time of year can be tight for families looking to purchase gifts for Christmas, and with the added pressure caused by the drought, can be very stressful indeed,” he said.
“The Drought Angels do a wonderful job of providing much-needed services to communities out west, and we are proud to help out such an importance cause.
Ausco Modular and QGC donated a total of $7,500 to Drought Angels for this cause from profits generated by reselling scrap metal.
Event: Drought Angels present Christmas relief hampers to Nebine farmers
Location: Nebine Community Centre | 120Km down Marven rd. Ularunda, Morven, QLD 4468
When: Saturday 28 November, 2015
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm
Media contact: For more information or to organise an interview, please contact Siobhan Davey at PPR Brisbane on 07 3309 4721.