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
The Shepparton Passenger Services Working Group has been named and is ready to assess the region's rail passenger issues.
Yarrawonga Football Netball Club senior footballer Jeremy O’Brien celebrated his 200th senior Ovens and Murray Football Netball League game against the Wodonga Bulldogs on Saturday.
Tatura Men’s Shed members enjoyed an interactive information session on Tuesday with Council on the Ageing’s Alan Bull.
Echuca's Sarah Baldwin played her 50th game for the Bendigo Thunder on Sunday.
Rochester student James Bolitho recently returned from India, spending time with students teaching swimming.
100 days at Tongala Primary.
Nagambie Primary School students - and budding green thumbs - have produced something truly special.
A man who attempted, but failed miserebly, to rob the Tocumwal Pie Shed is still on the run from police.
About 80 people attended Friday's community meeting at Heathcote RSL to discuss concerns about exposure to industrial antimony.
Black Dog ride participants meet up in Cobram before they burn rubber to beat the blues.
A top-three finish is on the cards for the Deni Rovers after they knocked off Jerilderie on Saturday.
Wheat crops sown at the end of April to mid-May were two to three weeks early, increasing the risk of frost damage, the Finley Discussion Group’s meetings earlier this month heard.
Benalla resident Vince Branigan uncovered more of Swanpool's history after discovering an old photograph.
Discover unbelievable local deals from local businesses every week in the Goulburn and Murray Valley area with Leapon.com.au!
Search properties for sale or rent across North Central Victoria and Southern NSW. Visit your local website for local homes....
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.