Backroads presents donations to Rural Aid

Beaudesert Central Shopping owner Subi Singh was present as Joanne Sellens handed Tracy Alder the cheque.
Beaudesert Central Shopping owner Subi Singh was present as Joanne Sellens handed Tracy Alder the cheque.

A LOCAL country fashion retailer has raised more than $2000 for Queensland farmers in need.

Backroads manager Joanne Sellens presented a cheque to Rural Aid and in return, received a certificate of appreciation.

During the store’s campaign in December, customers had the chance to either use their 5% discount on themselves or donate it to charity.

Ms Sellens said the campaign went well and was surprised with the community’s support in donating to the organisation.

“The response was overwhelming,” she said.

“Most people were happy to donate because they love to help local farmers.”

Rural Aid manager Tracy Alder said the funds raised would go towards two support programs.

“What we do with those funds is we buy hay and deliver it to farmers in need to feed their livestock,” she said.

“The money will also go to the Farm Rescue program where we go out and assist farmers with repairs around the farm that might be costly.”

Ms Alder said the donation would make a real difference to the farmers.

“When we deliver the hay and help with repairs, they are forever grateful and you can see the relief on their faces,” she said.

Ms Alder said it was good to see a store like Backroads donating to Rural Aid.

“It is amazing to have them support us, they really understand the farmer’s needs,” she said.