Community digs deep; Donations roll in for NSW farmers hit by drought
TENS of thousands of dollars in cash and goods are poised to make their way north to drought-affected farmers in New South Wales after an instantaneous positive response to the “Fill the Truck’ campaign.
In just one week, community members in Portland and Heywood have banded together to donate non-perishable food, toiletries, toys for children, as well as much-need cash donations and gift vouchers.
Margo Hogan, who alongside her husband Daniel Hogan has been leading the charity effort, was blown away by the community response.
“It’s crazy. I can’t believe how quickly the community has pulled together to help these farmers,” Mrs Hogan said.
“The donations over the weekend have been overwhelming; we’ll definitely fill the truck.
“We filled about a dozen trestle tables of donations in Bolwarra on Saturday, then spent about six hours packing boxes.
“I think we filled 20 boxes worth of panty goods alone on Saturday.”
Mrs Hogan said she was astounded by the amount of support the campaign has received from local businesses too.
“A lot of local businesses have jumped on board to help out too.
“We’ve received more than a $1000 of dog food from one organisation, and a $500 cash deposit from another.”
Mrs Hogan said she was rapt with how several hotels and cafés have banded together to take part in the ‘Parma for a Farmer’ promotion.
“The local pubs have contacted me and said they are all going to help out.
“I’ve heard it was very popular around town.
“At the end of the day, it’s all about raising more awareness for the drought-affected farmers of New South Wales.”