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Drought-stricken farmers in western NSW get some help

HELP ON THE WAY: Casino Rotary president Tony Hennessy is leading a charge to ‘bale out a farmer’ with donations of feed heading west immediately.
HELP ON THE WAY: Casino Rotary president Tony Hennessy is leading a charge to ‘bale out a farmer’ with donations of feed heading west immediately. Jamie Brown

DROUGHT-stricken farmers in the state's west will soon receive welcome respite in the form of hay donated by Casino Rotary.

But there is a pressing need for more help to be given.

Despite widespread rain and follow-up sprinkles over parts of the far west, there is still a pressing need for emergency fodder for cattle in places that haven't seen moisture for some time.

Casino Rotary, under the leadership of president Tony Hennessy, has already raised $2750 which will be spent on hay immediately.

But Tony is calling on the community to donate more, with a target of $10,000 to be raised over the next month.

All money collected will be receipted under the heading 'Buy-a-Bale' and is tax deductible.

Casino Rotary will absorb minimal costs, with 5% taken to cover the costs of phone calls to transport companies and affected farmers.

The need is immediate, so Casino Rotary will ensure money is transferred as it is donated so that fodder starts moving to the farmers as soon as possible.

Collection points are at Darragh's Butchery in Casino Plaza, the Barker St Newsagency and any member of Casino Rotary.

Cheques can be forwarded to: Rotary Bale Out A Farmer, Casino Rotary, PO BOX 320, Casino, 2470.

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