Michelle and Wal Verdel are sending 240 hay bales to drought stricken Quilpie with thanks to donations and help from the community. Photo Ashley Clark / NewsMail
Michelle and Wal Verdel are sending 240 hay bales to drought stricken Quilpie with thanks to donations and help from the community. Photo Ashley Clark / NewsMail Ashley Clark

Local farmers help out drought with hay bales

TWO Bundaberg farmers and hay balers have loaded a truck full of hay which will make its way to south west Queensland to help those suffering in the drought.

On October 2, the NewsMail spoke to Michelle and Wal Verdel who were calling for help from the community to donate money towards buying bales to be transported to Longreach and other drought affected areas.

Mrs Verdel said the public was more than generous and had raised more than $8000 to buy the hay.

"I originally contacted Buy-A-Bale to see how we could help because we had a whole heap of hay bales," she said.

"We needed to get the money to pay for the bales so they could be transported. That has all happened so quickly and I am absolutely blown away with how generous people have been."

"It turns out Longreach already have enough hay so these bales will be going to Quilpie instead."

Mrs Verdel said Aussie Helpers were transporting the hay thanks to Followmont Transport who donated a truck.

"Our truck driver, Greg Cullen, has also donated his time to take the hay to Quilpie. We are so grateful for his help," she said.

The 240 hay bales will be transported over four days while the rest of the money will be put into care packages.

Mr and Mrs Verdel said they were overjoyed with the response they received from the local community and people out of town.

"The biggest donation came from a couple at Warwick - Linden and Fay James who donated $4000," Mrs Verdel said.

"God bless them. Fay called me one day and said look Michelle, how much money do you need? She spoke to her husband about it and two days later there was $4000 in our account. I just broke down and cried."

Local businesses also jumped on board with builder Scott Beyer donating $1000 and Shu Steel helping to raise more than $3000.

"There were so many other businesses and people who donated. I am just so over the moon that it has happened so quickly. Thank you to everyone who was involved. ," Mrs Verdel said.

The Verdels and Fred and Carol Beddows, who originally grew the hay, have also donated 20 bales each to the cause.



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