LEEANNE Oldfield managed to hold back the tears after she recently accepted an amazing donation which will be used to help farmers battling the drought in the Dubbo area.
Representatives from a group of registered clubs, now known as the Shoalhaven Super Six, each presented Leeanne with a cheque for the Nowra to Dubbo Drought Relief program.
Their combined efforts, from various fundraisers, means $81,201.80 was raised to help the farmers.
Leeanne would like to thank each club and all the local people who supported the various fundraising events.
Club Jervis Bay, Shoalhaven Heads Bowling Club, Culburra Bowling Club, St Georges Basin Country Club Bomaderry Bowling Club and Shoalhaven Ex-Servicemens Club are the Shoalhaven Super Six.
Leeanne, with support from local businesses, and Kim Treyvaud from Jervis Bay Feeds held a fundraiser early in the year which raised more than $100 000.
With the $81,201.80 she is going to be able to help a lot more people.
They (the farmers) said ‘you have changed the way we look at the world.Leeanne Oldfield
She estimated they will be able to send five trucks loads of hay, two loads of grain, one load of mixed fodder, cattle blocks, diesel vouchers, store vouchers and money to buy drinking water out to the farmers.
Leeanne told the Shoalhaven Super Six about her trip to the Dubbo area in August.
“They (the farmers) said ‘you have changed the way we look at the world’,” Leeanne said.
One farmer was shooting stock when he heard about the fodder donation in August and he quickly rushed into rushed into town to get some stock feed.
“We will be getting the relief out to those who are in the most critical situations,” Leeanne said.
“This (the $81,201.80 donation) is going to be massive for the farmers.”
Leeanne is aiming to have the relief delivered by mid-November.
She started the fundraising drive because she was frustrated by a lack of help and was overwhelmed with the initial response.
“When it all came together I was even more overwhelmed with how much we could take up,” she said.
“Then the gratitude of the farmers themselves overwhelmed me after meeting them.”
The August drive reached farmers from Gilgandra, Cumnock ,Yeoval and Dubbo.
Leeanne plans to organise two fundraisers to help local farmers.
She is a farmer herself and grazes sheep down in Wandandian .
“The farm in Wandandian is looking very dry and the dam is empty,” she said.
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