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Drought-hit farmers need our donations

DRIZA BONE: Drought is already rearing its head in the region, with dry areas near Warwick’s Thornton Rd a prime example of worsening conditions.
DRIZA BONE: Drought is already rearing its head in the region, with dry areas near Warwick’s Thornton Rd a prime example of worsening conditions. Higgins Storm Chasing

DROUGHT, it is a terrible fact of life in this wide, brown land we live in and at the moment people in the farming areas of Queensland are suffering as dry, hot weather grip their region.

With livestock dying and crops turning brown, banks screaming for payments and buyers paying 1980s prices for stock, some farmers are driven by depression to suicide and we, as fellow Queenslanders need to do something to help.

Higgins Storm Chasing in conjunction with Aussie Helpers are holding a fundraising drive to help farmers gripped by this crippling situation.

With mayors in several western shires stating they are in a catastrophic situation and some saying this is the worst drought in living memory, we must do something.

It is almost impossible to imagine the situation farmers have found themselves in with no fodder for their livestock and no water to be found.

Some are paying up to $20,000 a week just in fodder in an attempt to keep their animals alive.

Others have had no choice but to destroy their poor starving animals and I personally know of reports of up to 500 head being put down in one day.

Called the 'Let's Do It' campaign, it is hoped it will raise enough to help some farmers but unfortunately, without corporate and government help it will only be a drop in the bucket.

Our country depends on these hard-working, proud families that struggle day to day just to put some food on their table so let's get together and lend a helping hand.

You can head over to the Higgins Storm Chasing Facebook page and follow the links to donate or go directly to the aussiehelpers.org.au and donate there.

The goal this year is $1million and with some corporate help this could easily be achieved.

Topics:  drought farming