Carmel Hickey says she can’t imagine what it would be like to lose your salary for one year let alone five.
But the Border mum says that’s what many farmers are grappling with in the face of the country’s relentless drought.
She is organising a fundraiser for the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners on October 19 at the Thurgoona Country Club to help the organisation fuel trucks to get hay to farmers in need in early 2019.
It’s a trivia night with a monster raffle and Ms Hickey is asking for the community’s support for donations to the raffle and prizes on the night.
It’s the second fundraiser she has organised for the hay runners’ cause with a similar event in 2016 raising about $4000.
Ms Hickey, who grew up locally on a little farm at Wirlinga, said she and her family had experienced the effects of drought first-hand back in 2003.
“Seeing the emotional and financial burden this placed on my parents makes this cause very close to my heart,” she said.
“I remember we would come home from school, buy cheap bread from the supermarket and feed it to the cows because you’d be giving them anything you could get your hands on.
“And this was only for one year; I can’t imagine the toll of essentially losing your salary for five years.”
On Monday Brendan Farrell called for less talk and more action to help drought-stricken farmers in crisis.
He called for cash donations to get trucks on the road come the next hay run.
- The trivia night is 7pm, October 19. $20 per person (tables of 8). Contact Carmel on 0408 431 442.
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