Unpacking drought relief items at St Brigid’s Hall, Longreach
ABC radio congratulated Tony Stewart from Rainbow Beach Fishing Charters and the Cooloola Coast last month for assistance to farmers.
Tony said, “I am just back from taking our fourth load of supplies to Longreach where the drought is biting harder by the day. Contrary to what you hear there has been no rain over a huge area.
“The country between Barcaldine and Longreach that was green eight weeks ago now even the weeds are dead. I only saw three horses between Longreach and Blackall. No stock to be seen for 200 miles.”
He thanks: RB IGA, Mitchells Fruit Barn, Judy and Gordon Roberts,Good Price Pharmacy, Keith Van de Maal, TCB Hotel-Motel Social Club,Cooloola Wholesalers, Kev Reibel, Tony and Michelle Perrett, RB Ladies(Lexie’s Team), Lynsey Rigby, Avis, David Bailey, TCB Fruit and Veg and RB Meats.
Tony delivered 30 dozen eggs, 280 rolls of dunny paper, 10kg Tin Can Bay prawns, sausages, 70kg washing powder, 50kg spuds, bags of onions and pumpkins, plenty of rice and pasta, water, tins of corn, spaghetti, baked beans, 600 Anzac bikkies, 72 jars of jam, coffee, tea bags, toiletries and $3000 in vouchers.
“On the way home I stopped at Ilfracombe. That is where the Big Hay Run finished on the first of April – $6 million of donated hay. I caught up with organiser Brendan Farrell who has been there carting hay for three weeks and still had three days to go- a top bloke.
“I met up again with Jo Winkleman who organises the food for the hay run and works for the Council at Ilfracombe.”
She thanked Tony for two Charter Vouchers he donated for a 14 year old girl with a brain tumour. Jo said she was “over the moon” as the raffle raised $7000 for a great cause.
If you can help for next run in mid June please call 0408767930.