Anne Thompson, from Clunes, is collecting donations again this year for Farmers Relief.
Anne Thompson, from Clunes, is collecting donations again this year for Farmers Relief. Cathy Adams

Help provide Christmas cheer

DROUGHT-AFFECTED farmers are set to receive some extra Christmas cheer, thanks to Anne Thompson.

The Clunes cattle farmer is collecting food and gifts for NSW farmers as part of her Food for Farmers Appeal.

“We’re collecting tins of fruit and vegetables, packet mixes, jams, tea and coffee, biscuits, jellies and custard powder,” Mrs Thompson said.

“Every hamper will contain Christmas pudding or cake, and donations of Lions Christmas Cakes are much appreciated.”

While local farmers won’t be receiving hampers as part of the appeal, Mrs Thompson said she was guided by the advice of the Rural Financial Counsellors to ensure appeal efforts are directed to the neediest farmers across the State.

“We’re sitting pretty up here, and now the worst areas still in drought are mainly in southern NSW,” she said.

Mrs Thompson said she started the appeal in 1992 by sending hay to farmers to feed livestock, and has continued to support farmers ‘on and off’ with the appeal when they faced drought.

“But this is the fifth or sixth year in a row, because that’s how long this drought has lasted,” she said.

Mrs Thompson is encouraging local businesses, church and community groups to donate.

“Everything will be gratefully received, and there are boxes and boxes of letters from farmers saying how much it means to them that people are thinking of them,” she said.
Collected items can be left at Jontom Car Sales in Lismore, and more drop-off points will be confirmed.

Monetary donations are accepted, and cheques should be made out to Bangalow Lions Drought A/C, c/o Anne Thompson, PO Box 214, Clunes 2480.

Anyone who hosted a drop-off point last year, wants to volunteer to pack hampers, or make a direct deposit monetary donation are encouraged to contact Mrs Thompson on 6629 1041.
Items for the appeal will be received until November 28.


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