SOME of the region’s drought stricken farmers are set to receive a helping hand in the form of essential goods and livestock feed from national farming supporters Aussie Helpers.
Seven farms along the Goolhi Road are set to welcome loads of fodder and other essential goods from Queensland based charity organisation.
Goolhi Road farmer Laura Jones told The Namoi Valley Independent Aussie Helpers is like an “angel on wheels”.
“The fact that Aussie Helpers founder Bryan Egan has jumped onboard is unbelievable,” Mrs Jones said.
“It’s hard not to get emotional about support like this, it’s no secret things are tough out here and help like this is going to go a very long way.”
Mrs Jones said she reached out to the organisation after first dealing with them in the drought of 2014.
“Four-years-ago we first met Bryan when he brought out fodder and some personal goods for us and it’s so great to see him kicking in again,” she said.
“Seven farmers up-and-down the Goolhi Road are going to benefit from Aussie Helpers and we really can’t thank them enough.”
Aussie Helpers founder Bryan Egan told The Namoi Valley Independent helping farmers is what his organisation does.
“I think it’s fair to say things are a bit worse than tough at the moment,” Mr Egan said.
“That’s where Aussie Helpers comes in, we are wanting to help people who are doing it tough and we have done nothing else for the last 16-years.”
Mr Egan said there is currently a high demand for help from Aussie Helpers.
“Honestly I have a list a mile long,” he said.
“The trouble is the drought affected area is so widespread, it’s not isolated to one region or even one state, so it makes it hard to source feed for people.
“There’s a lot of people in trouble and doing it tough but in the past we have always found something that can help.”
Mr Egan said the organisation is run on private donations.
“We are a privately owned organisation and we have no government help,” he said.
“Any companies or people that donate to us do it completely privately.
“People out there doing it tough need someone to care about them and that’s what we do and that’s what the people who donate to us want to do as well.”
The supplies are expected to reach Goolhi in the coming weeks.
For more information about getting assistance from Aussie Helpers or to donate call 1300 665 232.