South Burnett farmer gives a helping hand
A SOUTH Burnett farmer is encouraging others to consider what they can give to those struggling the most in the drought.
Last week Moffatdale farmer Dane Kapernick made a generous donation to another farmer.
"It's all about need, and if I can help one farmer and their family out, then I think it helps out regional Australia all the more,” he said.
The donation travelled down south to former Murgon resident Karen Nugent's family farm near Tamworth.
Ms Nugent and her husband only had 10 days of feed left on their property, 20 kilometres south of Tamworth, when Murgon Rotary Club heard about their dilemma.
The club got in touch with the hay and Angus cattle Moffatdale farmer who donated 60 round bails of hay and 20 salt blocks for the cattle.
"I'm only a young farmer and could just imagine what it'd be like to be in a drought like that and making ends meet, and I knew I could probably afford to donate a load of hay and help another young farming family out,” he said.
The donation left on Tuesday August 7 to travel to the property of the NSW family.
"Farmers have got to look after themselves and each other, we can't keep depending on the funding,” Mr Kapernick said.
Ms Nugent's time on the farm is divided by her daughter's medical appointment and her husband works away from the farm to make ends meet.
"I hope it'll go a long way and their mental health can be the best it can be,” Mr Kapernick said.
"They can concentrate on their daughter who needs treatment and battle through this drought to get through the other side.”
Mr Kapernick, who also works away from the farm in a human resources role at a gas plant, has seen the impact financial burdens can have on a person's mental health.
"I can only imagine the anguish the people are experiencing, if I can take away the financial burden for a family, that's a good reason for the hay donation,” he said.
The South Burnett is getting dry and is also drought declared, however this did not stop the Moffatdale farmer from giving.
"It's about need, people need to assess if they can afford to give a hand, we need to be looking after each other,” Mr Kapernick said.
"I can persevere and make things work for now.”
Murgon Rotary club organised the whole operation within a couple of days, enlisting the assistance of Aussie Helpers and driver Brett Sander to transport the donation.
Mr Kapernick encourages other farmers who are coping well with the drought to consider what they can give and get in touch with their local rotary club.
"All I had to do was donate the hay and load it onto the truck, and they did the rest,” he said.
The club then organised for 20 players from the Group Four football club in Tamworth to come and help unload the hay at the farm.
The Tamworth Rotary Club also provided a cup of tea and smoko for the team and family when the donation arrived last Wednesday.