Delivering hope to farmers
HEARING the stories and seeing the devastating effects of drought first hand, Sunshine Coast resident Casey Langton knew she needed to do something to help.
Ms Langton and her partner own a furniture removalist company based in Coolum and have decided to use their truck to transport some much-needed goods to a western Queensland town.
Ms Langton started a Facebook page called Help Our QLD Farmers on Friday, August 3 and ever since she has been inundated with messages.
"People really want to help but they didn't know how, so this provides them with the means to do so,” she said.
"Our local IGA have donated two pallets, one of water and one of stock and our local member Dan Purdie has donated a heap of IGA gift vouchers.”
On September 5, they will be making the nine-and-a-half hour trip out to Charleville to deliver the donations to charity Aussie Helpers.
She said the charity had called for the donations of bottled water, men's toiletries items, kitchen and laundry products and feed for livestock.
"We will get two trucks if we have to,” she said.
"We need as much as we can possibly give them.”
Murweh Shire Mayor Annie Liston was overwhelmed by the support.
"I am happy with any donations that will help our farmers,” she said.
"I think it is great that people nationwide are now aware of the crisis we are in after a six-year severe drought.”
To donate, visit the Facebook page Help Our QLD Farmers or phone 0411886566.