THE Hastings community has once again shown it has a big heart with several campaigns rolling out to support drought-stricken farmers across the state.
Currently 99 per cent of NSW is drought-affected, resulting in failing crops, drastic water shortages and a diminishing supply of fodder to sustain livestock.
Here’s how you can help.
Hastings Co-op now has six drought appeal collection points at Wauchope IGA, Timbertown IGA, Port Macquarie IGA, Mitre 10, Comboyne Rural Store and Lasiandra Service Station.
Co-op's Lasiandra, Cedar and Bolwarra Road, Port Macquarie Service Stations are also awaiting the arrival of official 'Buy a Bale' collection tins so customers can donate money to the cause.
Coles Lake Innes is also collecting on behalf of The Official Aussie Helpers Page. Non perishable donations can be left at the store to be sent to the Tamworth area.
In the Camden Haven, a non-perishable food items can be dropped for the Food Drive for Carinda at the Camden Haven Courier office, Kew Corner Store and Kendall Takeaway.
The Norco Rural Store in Wauchope is sending truckloads of hay west to farmers hit by drought. You can purchase hay bales to send at the store.
Businesses lend a hand
Kylie’s Art Studio in Laurieton is running a raffle in August with three art prints as prizes and all proceeds going to Buy a Bale.
Salt n Pepper Cafe in Laurieton is donating 10 per cent of all coffees sold in August to the Buy a Bale appeal. A donation box is also available.
Priceline Port Macquarie will host a fundraising day on August 22. Staff will be dressed as farmers and there will be cupcakes and raffles.
Coppys Butcher Block at Port Macquarie’s Grower’s Market complex will host a Buy a Bale Fundraiser on August 25 all day until 2pm. The Beer-Beer-Que BBQ team will be cooking up some pork and lamb sliders and chicken wings on the day. Gold coin donation.
Schools show support
Camden Haven High staff have donated toiletries and will have fundraising activities in the weeks to come. The school is accepting monetary donations for the purchase of bales of hay, litres of diesel, gift cards for groceries and clothing, or just a general donation to Buy a Bale to help them do their great work.
The Commonwealth Bank in Wauchope is raising funds to support farmers with all proceeds being distributed to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners.
Customers will also be able to support by attending the local fundraising day taking place on Friday August 17 at Wauchope Commonwealth Bank.
Charity day at Telegraph Point
The Riverview Tavern at Telegraph Point is holding a charity day for the farmers on August 19 from 11am.
There will be blind auctions, live music, jumping castle, face painting, charity games, BBQ, meat raffles and more.
Rotaract Trivia Night
Rotary’s youngest members in Hastings Rotaract are hosting a Trivia Night at The Lounge Room in Port Macquarie on August 23.
To play it will be a gold coin donation from each player to take part so it doesn't matter if you have 4 or 10 players.
Trivia will start around 7.30pm.
Beechwood Buys a Bale
The Beechwood Buys A Bale drought relief fundraiser at Beechwood Cafe on August 25 will start at 6pm, with live music, raffles and lucky door prizes.
Local businesses who are interested in donating raffle prizes please contact Jessica Williams on 0419492037 who is also selling $20 tickets for the big night.
Rotary digs deep
Wauchope Rotary’s drought relief kitty now stands at $8,000.
As a District project, Rotary Australia Compassionate Grants (RACG) will match all donations on a dollar for dollar basis, up to $15,000.
To donate go to www.rotary.org.au/project-search
Click on "Project Search" then in the left of the window, click on "District" and type/select 9650.
The project is titled "Drought Relief NSW" .
Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS) will hold a Bush Bash Ball on September 15 at 6.30pm in Wauchope Showground Hall, with entertainment from Chainsaw, Jo and Waddo. Tickets $30.
Dinner and charity auction
Wauchope Show Society will be holding a Drought Breaker Dinner and Charity Auction at Wauchope RSL Club on Saturday, October 13.