A number of Great Lakes businesses have banded together to raise awareness and support local farmers who are experiencing tough times in the drought.
A lot of farming families are going without the daily necessities to redirect the money into hand feeding their livestock.
Green Thumbs Mowing Great Lakes duo, Rowena and Grant Palmer jumped at the chance to get involved with the statewide donation drive set up to collect donations for non-perishable items and toiletries from the local community for distribution to local farmers.
“I knew this was something we could get behind and help with,” Rowena explained.
“I decided to ring a few businesses, them then I publicised the idea on our Green Thumbs Mowing business page.
“Within 24 hours I had 4693 likes and thousands of shares, the next morning a friend, Kristy and I went to set up four original drop off points.
“Within hours we had eight, and now there are 15 drop off points at various businesses people can donate through.
“It’s great the town has really gotten behind us and we all want to help our farmers it’s fabulous.”
Below is a list of the donation drop points around the Great Lakes, where donations can be made.
“Also, Bev from the Forster Tuncurry Lions Club has organised a money barrel near Bakers Delight and Coles at Stocklands,” Rowena said.
For a full list of drop off points, see the Green Thumbs Mowing Great Lakes Facebook page, or check out the “Giving back to our farmers” auction page.
“We were amazed how well our town has banded together and started dropping off goods, and how there has been so many offers of help,” Rowena added.
“I’d like to thank Jodie Makin and Bev Old for there daily pick ups at the Tuncurry collection points, and Kristy and Morgan Hennessy for pick ups in Forster.
“Also, Vivienne Miller from Celebration Bottle Shop at Diamond Beach.
“I believe Earth Body and Soul in Nabiac and the Pantry Beachside One Mile have been collecting donations for about a few months. Let’s get together and help our farmers.”
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