The south-west has a chance to return the assistance given to local farmers after the St Patrick’s Day fires and help drought-stricken farmers elsewhere in eastern Australia.
The south-west received lots of donated hay through Need for Feed Disaster Relief after the fires and the group is hoping locals will return the favour by donating non-perishable food, personal items and pet food.
Anne Vickery, of Warrnambool, has organised a number of donation points in Warrnambool where people can drop off items such as shaving cream, deodorant, razors, work socks, sunscreen, fuel vouchers, thermos flasks and small first aid kits. Food for working dogs, cats and chicken pellets will also be appreciated.
Donations can be dropped off at Woolworths Norfolk Plaza store, Coastal Pure Water in Raglan Parade and at the Blaze Aid camp at the Cobden South West Go Kart Club, Graylands Road, Cobden.
Bade Ness Rural in Warrnambool has also said it would offer price discounts on wet and dry dog food, cat and chicken food that was bought for the appeal.
Need for Feed spokesperson Debbie Parsons, of Geelong, said the donations should be dropped off before August 24 to get on a truck leaving from Geelong for Tamworth at the end of the month.
Need for Feed founder Graham Cockerell said hay was also being sought from throughout Victoria to join a convoy heading to NSW.
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