Rapid Hose Systems’ Jason Papworth and his wife Becky are donating a hay bale to farmers in need for every $200 spent in their stores this month.MONIQUE FREER March 19, 2014 9:02am
Hay help: Rapid Hose Systems’ Jason Papworth and his wife Becky are donating a hay bale to farmers in need for every $200 spent in their stores this month.
A Benalla business has joined forces with an Australian campaign to support drought-affected farmers across the country.
Rapid Hose Systems Benalla owners Jason and Becky Papworth decided to contribute to the Buy a Bale campaign after watching the farmers’ plight on the Sunday Night television program.
‘‘I had heard about it, but just watching the story I kind of realised how bad it was,’’ Mr Papworth said.
‘‘We thought there was surely something we could do that would help, and it just made us try to contribute in some way.’’
According to the Give Back Campaign Australia — which co-ordinates the Buy a Bale campaign — 70 per cent of Queensland is already drought-declared and now vast areas of NSW are becoming affected.
‘‘It’s pretty sad when people are taking their lives .
Rapid Hose Systems Benalla will donate a bale of hay, worth $20, for every $200 spent in store during March.
The Papworths also own Wang Hydraulics and Hose Repairs in Wangaratta, and Mr Papworth said he was hoping to donate between 100 and 150 bales of hay from each store.
‘‘If someone spends over $200 we’ll donate a bale and see how we go at the end of the month,’’ he said.
‘‘From the few that have known about it they’ve been interested to know that they’re contributing a bale. Most people think it’s a great idea.’’
Mr Papworth said it was a good feeling knowing local businesses were making a difference to people’s lives.
‘‘We’re not really doing it for ourselves but it’s good to know that we can make some difference,’’ he said.
‘‘I suppose when it comes down to it we may be able to save people’s lives. That’s how serious it is.
‘‘We’re hoping that maybe other businesses — bigger, and in better positions than us — might see it and be able to make a huge difference.’’
Donations can also be made online at www.buyabale.com.au
Emergency services attended a crash on Shepparton-Barmah Rd.
Yarrawonga’s Bre Elliott played the most “consistent golf of her life” over three days to win the Fuccillo Kia Championship at Capital Hills by carding a 2-under 69 on the final day.
Heather Donaldson was re-elected president of Tatura Hospital Ladies Auxiliary at the annual general meeting on Thursday, which was attended by 33 people.
Detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad have taken over the investigation into a female jogger who went missing in the One Tree Hill area on Wednesday.
THE 2015 National Blood Donor Week festivities will make the Rochester region Victoria’s new red light district.
Community workshop to consider issues to help form Campaspe digital strategy
Heather Stamp brings a long experience of the Salvation Army to Seymour.
Berrigan Shire Council have approved a development application for six more independent living units to add to Berrigan’s Amaroo Self Care Unit block.
THEY may be a familiar sight across the Heathcote district, but some of the much-loved birds in the region are in decline.
It was a field of emerald at the Soroptimist International of Cobram Barooga’s annual lunch on Friday, where diners enjoyed the craic at the Irish-themed event.
Deniliquin and district boasted two major winners at the Australian Sheep and Wool Expo at Bendigo from July 17 to 19.
Riverine Plains is set to hold the first in its series of farm walks for the 2015 season as part of its research into stubble retained cropping systems.
The News magazines are online - read the high quality magazines in your time. Check in regularly for latest editions.
Riverine Herald's well regarded locally produced magazines. They're now online, so you can read them whenever and wherever you like.
Search for published and unpublished photos from McPherson Media Group newspapers and magazines. All our photos are available to purchase.
Place an advertisement in any one of McPherson Media Group's local newspapers.