The outpouring of support and financial donations from the community towards the Dilly Drought Drive has been overwhelming.
Locals have dug deep to offer assistance to drought-stricken farmers.
Department of Primary Industries data released on Wednesday which shows almost 22 per cent of NSW is suffering intense drought, 40 per cent is in drought and nearly 38 per cent is drought-affected.
Significant rain in Wollondilly is not expected until at least February 2019.
Drive organiser Sharon Robertson continues to ask for financial donations so hay and water can be bought for about 20 Wollondilly farmers and Wollondilly Riding for the Disabled.
A one off delivery of hay was made to Elizabeth Macarthur High School’s agricultural department so the school would not have to sell its animals, which are used for education purposes.
The Drive has now partnered with Rural Aid and under its Buy a Bale scheme assistance will be provided to Wollondilly farmers.
Thanks to the support of Rural Aid, the Dilly Drought Drive will also deliver hay and water to farmers in Macarthur and Wingecarribee.
Upcoming/ongoing fundraising events for the Dilly Drought Drive:
Drop by and say hello to the Dilly Drought Drive volunteers Saturday, August 25 at Bunnings at Narellan. The volunteers will be at the Bunnings Spring Fair under the Bendigo Bank Picton cabana. They will have stickers, notebooks for sale and donation tins. There will be colouring in for the young ones too.
Eat Shop Love will raise money for the Drive at their market on Sunday, August 26. There will be food stalls and kids activities from 10am to 4pm at Mawson Park, Campebelltown.
Upstairs at Fred’s, in Camden, will band The Water Runners on Sunday, August 26 from 6pm. There will be free entry and people can donate to the Dilly Drought Drive.
The Dilly Drought Drive will run a Bunnings barbecue at Narellan on Saturday September 1.
Gregory Hills Hotel and Bar Centrale will raise funds for farmers during August. The venues will donate $1 from every chicken parmigiana or chicken schnitzel to the Dilly Drought Drive as part of the Parma for a Farmer initiative.
Exceed Family Day Care in Gregory Hills has asked parents to make a gold coin donation to Dilly Drought Drive.
Club Menangle will also raise money at its food markets and during a sit down dinner, with live entertainment, on Saturday, September 8.
Argyle Business Collective will be donating money raised at the Macarthur Jacaranda Festival from November 23 to 25.
Past fundraising events and money collected from Dilly Drought Drive donation tins in August:
Macarthur Gardens Retirement Village Clubhouse Bar & Work Shed members and residents collected more than $2000. THe money will be handed over to Dilly Drought Drive organisers from Tahmoor Lions Club on Friday, August 31.
The retirement village staff have issued a challenge to other local retirement villages to match or beat their amount raised.
Earlier this month, Bron King from Appin asked local residents to donate goods to farmers in need. Meagan King from Meagans Country Cuts Butchers jumped on board offering her shop as a drop zone.
Ms King said a constant stream of amazing people dropped bags of toiletries, non-perishables, toys, cleaning products and more into the butcher shop.
The goods were dropped off to the Dilly Drought Drive and will be distributed into hampers.
Cobbitty Primary School raised $1284 through its ‘Sculptures by the Oval” mufti day.
Eaglevale St Andrews Rugby League Club raised $1061.95.
A Coles Camden community fun day was held on Saturday, August 11 from 10am - 2pm. Locals can buy from the barbecue, cake stall or raffle. Come dressed as a farmer and you could win a best dressed prize.
Oakdale Workers Club will donate 10 per cent of all meals on Friday, August 10 to the Dilly Drought Drive. There were free entertainment and meat raffles.
Mount Hunter Public School P and C hosted a fundraising event on Friday, August 10. Funds will go to the Dilly Drought Drive.
St John’s Anglican Church Camden raised more than $8000 through a sausage sizzle and collection on Sunday, August 5 and August 12. Donations were collected from church members. The congregation dressed in farmer clothing.
St John's Parish council member Michelle Brookes said the church community wanted to show their love and care towards the local farming community through its donation to the Drive.
Macarthur BMX Club raised about $1851 for local farmers.
Narellan Rangers Soccer Club donated $1500.
Top 40 Orchard collected $217 at the Camden Fresh Produce Markets
Bargo Bunnies players collected money on Saturday, August 4 at their home ground.
Patrons were asked to donate money to the Drive when they entered Picton Hotel to watch Missy Lancaster perform on Saturday, August 4.
About $760 was donated from those who attended the Camden Country Quilters Exhibition.
More than $1000 has been donated from George IV Inn patrons.
Other drought relief initiatives:
The Grange Classic Garage monthly meeting on September 1 will raise money for Aussie Helpers which supports Australian farming families.
The Rapid Relief Team is hosting another community barbecue fundraiser in Camden on Saturday, August 25. The lunch will be held beside Onslow Oval, off Cawdor Road from 11.30am to 1.30pm. There will be gourmet beef burgers, sausage sandwiches and coffee.
The team also held a fundraiser event on Saturday, August 11. Locals made a gold coin donation and received a bacon and egg roll with a barista coffee.
One hundred per cent of funds raised will go to Rapid Relief Team’s operation drought relief campaign.
Warragamba Workers Club is hosting ‘The Big Dry Country Night” fundraiser on Saturday, August, 25 from 7pm.
Swamp Dawkins will provide live music. There will be a hoedown and bush band from 8pm. Tickets cost $10 for a single and $20 for a family. Bookings can be made at the Spillway Bistro. All the money raised and 10 per cent of bar trade will go to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale initiative.
Campbelltown local Corinne Blight and her family are hosting a private ‘Support our Local Farmer Fundraiser High Tea’ on Saturday, September 1.
All funds raised will go to the Country Valley farmer, John Fairley’s ‘Adopt a Cow’ initiative to help him feed his cattle during this tough drought.
Wests League Club Campbelltown, Country Club Gledswood Hills, Lakeside Golf Club Camden and Wests Tennis Club will also donate $1 from every chicken parmigiana and chicken schnitzel purchased during August to Buy a Bale.
Other venues supporting the Parma for a Farmer intiaitive are Outback Steakhouse in Campbelltown and The Crown Hotel in Camden.
All profits from sales of fruit and vegetables, meat, the chilled section, bakery and deli at Woolworths supermarkets nationwide on Saturday, August 11, will be donated to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale appeal.
The NRL will donate $100 for every point scored during the Finals Series, which will be matched by the Nine Network through its Nine Cares program. The donation will be made to the National Farmers Federation.
Donation details for the Dilly Drought Drive:
You can donate online to help: Lions Club of Tahmoor Inc, BSB: 633000, ACC: 157928458
The Drive is auspiced by the Lions Club of Tahmoor
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