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
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