Big night out planned to help drought-stricken farmers
BORN and raised on the land, Clare Jeffries knows what it's like to experience hardship because of drought and to watch her loved ones suffer.
"I can still remember my dad having to shoot cattle in front of me in 1965,” Mrs Jeffries said.
"What he must have gone through, I can only imagine.
"There are so many farmers out there doing it hard and who are too proud to ask for help.”
After the ongoing and devastating drought which has been felt across the region, Mrs Jeffries felt compelled to do something to help.
She came up with an idea for a night on the town, where all proceeds go to local farmers - "no ifs or buts about it”.
The Night Out for Drought on Saturday is an opportunity for residents to donate some money while also enjoying a fun and eventful evening.
"I know it'll only be a drop in the ocean but we need to help our farmers,” Mrs Jeffries said.
"There are poor buggers contemplating suicide. They must be so stressed and feel so inadequate that they can't care for their families.
"It's our job to think of them, and care.”
Not looking for any recognition, the Lions Club of Warwick member is only asking for residents to get behind the cause.
Supported by multiple Lions members and folk at the RSL, Mrs Jeffries said it has been emotional watching the outstanding generosity of local businesses.
"Everyone is behind us - it's been easy to source donations because businesses have been so giving,” Mrs Jeffries said.
"We have some tremendous prizes to give away. Hair by Jacinta has been so kind to donate a massive basket of hairdressing products worth $250.
"All we need now is for people to come along.”
The Night Out for Drought will be held at King's Theatre this Saturday night.
There will be trivia with lots of prizes, raffles, free snacks and a cent sale.
Bruce Halter will have the crowd off their feet and a cash bar will be on hand to help the groovers dance their shoes off.
Tickets are $10 per person.
Doors open at 6.30pm before the evening of fun and games start at 7pm.