Since our last trip to western NSW with drought supplies where conditions are horrendous, the area is now impacted by fire as well as drought and nearly out of water.
It looks like we are going to Stanthorpe with our next load in mid September.
We are into our fifth year now with Aid to Farmers, with most loads going to the Longreach area.
As we work more closely with the Drought Angels we will go anywhere in an emergency and that is what we have now – urgent supplies are needed.
At this stage we will not be sending any more hay and stock feed out as the costs are prohibitive and this State Government have stopped freight rebates.
We will just concentrate on food on the table and toiletry items. (Toilet paper not required).
We really need cereals, long-life milk, pasta, sauces, baked beans and spaghetti, rice, tinned fruit, biscuits, fruit juices, flour, sugar, coffee, tea bags, jelly, dessert, cake mixes, shampoos, detergents, cleaning products, dry dog food, also IGA prepaid gift cards.
We buy the fruit, veg and eggs.
I must thank Drakes IGA Gympie depot and Tin Can Bay IGA (our biggest supporters;) Wayne Kerle at Tin Can Bay for his untiring help; Bernard Petroleum, The Snak Shack, Eds and the TCB Bakery, Lee Fishing Co-Op and Barnacles and Bank of Queensland in Gympie for collections.
Thanks also to Michelle from Cooloola for a big supply of nappies and Betty Freeman for sporting equipment. If any other businesses can help with a collection tin please let me know.
Our BSB is 124001; account number 22599186; BOQ Gympie, and receipts are available.
Rainbow Beach Droughtrunners – there are no admin costs with us. Tony Stewart – 0408767930.