Dry times get a little sweeter for farmers in need
WHEN Alan Robertson was contacted by the Salvation Army to help out farmers in need, he jumped at the chance.
The Queensland logistics manager of Rocky's Own Transport said the organisation was approached to act as a drop-off point to collect produce for local growers.
The initiative yesterday delivered truckloads of supplies for Christmas to Longreach to aid struggling farmers.
"This was for a great cause and anything we helped to transport and load was going direct to those who are truly in need," Alan said.
"These charity drives always give those involved a great feeling to know that with so many lending a hand it makes such a huge difference to those that would do the same in return."
Alan said the company loaded about four tonnes of fresh produce and water.
Aussie Gold Spring Water, a local business in Yeppoon, donated one tonne of bottled water, while Rodney Wolfenden of Wolfenden Farms added one tonne of sweet potatoes.
Tropical Pines also stepped forward with a palette load of pineapples.
The Salvation Army's Lieutenant John Jackson, said the lack of rain made for some very hard conditions for farmers; but they never lost their spirit.
"Thank you to all those who have made it possible for people out here in the western plains to enjoy something different for Christmas this year."
Chairman of Western Queensland Drought Comittee David Phelps said the Salvation Army had checked to ensure the produce supplied would not conflict with the stock held in local stores.