Community clubs help out region's farmers
CHINCHILLA community groups have come together to support farming families in the region reeling from the drought.
The Chinchilla Apex Club donated $1000 to Drought Angels, which will go towards buying stock-feed for drought affected farmers.
Drought Angels director Jenny Gailey said the funds would help those in Cooladdi, south west of Charleville.
"We have been every fortunate to receive a cheque from Apex for $1000 which is going towards some farmers stock-feed provisions out in Cooladdi,” she said.
"It's one of our farmers who is in dire need of stock-feed.
"It's about easing the financial burden, it's one less load he has to purchase.”
Ms Gailey said the support from Apex was "very heart-warming”.
"I think it's all about coming together as one as a community.”
The donation was made possible by Apex service director and incoming president Lachlan Monk, who last October won the national Best First Year Apexian Award.
"I was given the opportunity to donate $1000 to a group or charity and I chose to give it to the Drought Angels,” he said.
Mr Monk, who runs cattle in Chinchilla part-time, has seen first hand the difficulties faced by farming families.
"I've seen close family and friends go through severe drought and it can be extremely tough, not just financially but also mentally.
"I know $1000 is quite little in the big scheme of things but if it can help one or two families buy a little bit of time then it'll be a great thing.”
"I read this quote and I thought it was quite relevant, 'The moment you're ready to quit, is usually the moment right before a miracle happens'.”
Apex national president Moses Abraham said the contributions made by Mr Monk to the club were greatly appreciated by the community.
"He's all about giving back to the community, he's also taken on the position of president of the local Apex club to keep giving back to the community .”