Pair helps struggling mates in dry west

MATES Heather Thompson and Emma Waller are not standing idle and just feeling sorry for the farmers struggling with the drought crisis out west.

Instead, the pair has joined charity organisation Aussie Helpers and are working overtime to turn their empathy into something life changing.

Aussie Helpers is making it all possible, uniting kind-hearted volunteers throughout Australia.

Ms Thompson said she was collecting donations of money, food products and farm staples such as hay, grain and feed to give farmers a morale boost.

The donation could be as simple as a can of baked beans, Ms Thompson said.

"We want our farmers to know we care and we are thinking of them.

"That can of baked beans could be one meal a farmer doesn't have to worry about.

"That in itself is something so small to give yet can mean so much more."

Ms Thompson has lived off the land previously and has an understanding of the often strained relationship between farmer and Mother Nature. Drought, fire and flood - she has witnessed it all.

Donations of money will be used to buy food items and other necessities in bulk which will then be taken out west to farmers on March 10. The cut-off for donations is March 7.

Anyone wishing to donate hay, grain, feed or pellets can drop off their donations to Tom Grady in Mary St or Mooloo Produce.

Money donations may be made at or by calling 1300 665 232 and donations of food products (no glass) can be arranged by contacting Heather Thompson or Emma Waller on 0487 462 868 or 0427 768 501.

Food products may also be dropped off at the Imbil Pub, Kenilworth Newsagency or Kenilworth Veterinary Surgery.