THE region’s drought stricken farmers have received a helping hand from Lions Club members, near and far.
The help arrived in the form of 64 tonnes of hay from Victoria, which had been donated by Cronulla Lions Club and the Royal Yacht Club Burraneer.
Rural charity Aussie Helpers will work alongside the Gunnedah Lions Club to distribute the hay to local needy farmers.
Gunnedah Lions Club president Nev Adams said Tuesday’s delivery to Emerald Hill was just the beginning.
“This is only the first half of the fodder, the other 32 tonnes will arrive in the region on August 24,” Mr Adams said.
“The hay comes from Nhill in western Victoria and the funds for it and the transport were kindly donated by our city comrades.
“I think this donation just goes to show that when times are tough us Lions Club members come together where we can to help out, to me that’s what Lions is all about.”
Mr Adams said the local club would continue to play its part to support local farming families.
“The moment we stop fighting for each other is when we lose humanity,” he said.
Cronulla Lions Club president Shaun Cronin told the Namoi Valley Independent the first donation was part of the club’s goal of creating awareness in metropolitan areas.
“The art of giving is in all Australians and it is important we do give to help our farmers and protect our food source,” Mr Cronin said.
“Farmers need help now, we are not on the ground to see how badly the situation is, but that is not to say we don’t care or that we don’t want to help.
“We are trying to do what we can to help out and as well as donating some hay we are trying to raise as much awareness as possible as well.”
Mr Cronin said all of the donated funds and feed would go towards helping farmers.
“Lions Australia is a organisation that doesn’t take any of the funds and 100 per cent of everything raised goes to those in need,” Mr Cronin said.
“We chose to help Gunnedah and after a person who is working hard to help in the region spoke at one of our meetings and he had tears streaming down his face when describing the situation.
“Honestly, after hearing about how things are, we were very keen as a club to do whatever we could to help out.”