A HORRIFIC tale from a farmer's wife was the catalyst for the Caloundra Power Boat Club helping with Rural Aid Australia's Buy a Bale drought relief program.
Caloundra Power Boat Club general manager Kevin Deguara said it was during a community radio slot last Christmas when he received the phone call.
"I received a call from a woman who was living out in Kenilworth with her husband, children and parents and the stories she told me really got to me," he said.
"One story was about their neighbours who had it tough so they split up and the husband tried to sell his cattle but the abattoir wouldn't take them so he killed his stock and ended up committing suicide.
"Stories like that really affected me."
Mr Deguara decided the boat club needed to do more to help these struggling families, and so the idea of the Sunshine Coast spring hay run was formed.
All funds raised by the Sunshine Coast community and the Caloundra Power Boat Club through the Buy a Bale campaign will go towards the Sunshine Coast hay run departing Sunday 27th November 2016.
"We're expecting to send 15 out to these communities in time for the summer period because they need the summer rain," Mr Deguara said.
"The summer rain keeps the grass going and to maintain their breeding stock and that's so important because if they lose their breeding stock it's very hard to get going again."
For as little as $20, members of the Sunshine Community can 'buy' a bale of hay at the Caloundra Power Boat Club, donate money for hay into donation barrels at various sites on the Sunshine Coast or come to a fund raising dinner at the Caloundra Power Boat Club on Saturday 24th September 2016 to raise funds to help feed struggling livestock.
Buy-a-Bale Fundraising Dinner
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485 Bales raised so far = 10 trucks
Target is 15 trucks departing November 27 2016
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