The Beaudesert Lions Club is pitching in to help Aussie farmers devastated by drought and they need the community’s support to make a difference.
The club is raising money that will go to the Australian Lions Foundation Ltd National Drought Relief Appeal to be redistributed to local lions clubs in places across the country that are most affected by the crippling drought.
Beaudesert Lions Club president Jim Logan said many are in dire need of feed and water for stock and this money goes straight to the coalface with not a single cent wasted.
“Wherever the drought is impacting on people the money will be given to local clubs and they can make good decisions about how to spend it based on their local knowledge,” he said.
“It’s designed for personal items like food and clothing, and to try make sure the family is okay and gets through the drought.
“I’m a farmer myself, I’m not in drought but I think often it’s the anguish of the whole thing that affects people, so if we can give them a little bit of cash so life’s normal – just something to spend on themselves –that’s important at times like this.”
Mr Logan said as a producer it can be particularly distressing witnessing the livestock that you care for on a daily basis suffer and die, and he encouraged the community to dig deep.
“A little bit of support can just give you a boost – it’s knowing that other people are concerned and have got your back,” he said.
“Someone’s thinking of you and they’ve got your back.”
So far the Beaudesert Lions drought appeal has raised roughly $550 after Beaudesert Market attendees gave generously on Saturday. with those donating $10 or more receiving a stubbie cooler featuring the face of the local campaign blue heeler, Charlie girl Mason.
Owner Susan Mason, who also donated $200, said she was glad her loyal dog is supporting a worthy cause.
“The farmers need our help at the moment,” she said.
“They’re dry Australia-wide and I just hope we can really pull together as Australians.”
The Australian Lions Foundation kickstarted the national appeal by contributing $100,000 from its own coffers, while the Beaudesert Lions Club itself is also planning to make a significant donation at Tuesday’s meeting.
Members of the public can donate directly to the foundation by using the “Give Now” link at lionsclubs.org.au/foundations/australian-lions-foundation/
All public donations received over $2 are tax deductible.