Boosting morale one outfit at a time
THE opportunity to bag a Christmas bargain was something that everyone could enjoy when the gift that kept on giving rolled into Maryvale this weekend.
A Facebook tag brought Fashion for Farmers to Nadia Finger’s attention and the half an hour drive is one she isn’t regretting.
“It was very overwhelming – I’ve already had a cry,” Mrs Finger said.
“We haven’t got a lot of Christmas presents, we lost our business, and we’re struggling to keep animals fed.
“I was just about out of drinking water, so I can take some drinking water home – it’s pretty special.
“Having the sense of community and knowing that people outside of here care about us, is incredible.”
The Goomburra mother has endured all the hardships of the drought, losing the business she proudly ran with her husband.
“We had a garage but most of our customers were farmers, so it slowly dropped off and we managed to keep some of it and I can do a bit of it from home and mobile stuff,” she said.
“But I’m lucky to pay a home bill and a power bill a month out of it.
“My hubby has to work away now, which is really hard because he’s going to miss Christmas.”
But while times are tough, Mrs Finger said the bond between the community has only strengthened.
“You just keep trying I guess – the sense of community that has come out of this has been absolutely epic,” she said.
“I prepared a meal the other day with beef that was given to me, spinach that was given to me, onions that were given to me, beans that were to me.
“I’ve got veggies growing and I’ve swapped veggies with some other friends, everyone’s just pulled in together.”
This year, Christmas has received a well needed boost in the Finger household with the help of Fashion for Farmers.
“I was gobsmacked with the state of the land and what farmers are having to put up with, plus the low morale of people shopping in Warwick,” event organiser Pam Beaverson said. “We loaded up five tonnes of clothing and had dropped it out here to Maryvale on Thursday morning.”
With the assistance of fellow organiser Jill Costello, Mrs Beaverson has been able to provide near new clothing, shoes and toys for Southern Downs residents.
“Yesterday it was just this overwhelming response to it and they were just so happy and their spirits were uplifted because, as Jill and I spoke about, it’s the psychology of water – famine or flood,” she said.
And with Christmas less than two weeks away, the added assistance will help compensate two months of pain for Mrs Finger.
“The last two months have just been … I didn’t think it could get any worse but it’s just been a whole new level of worse – there’s just nothing,” she said.
“These paddocks should have round bales in them, with sorghum planted and oats harvested but they’re just dirt, there’s not even any cattle in them.
“Just everywhere you look, you go I’m failing at being a house wife, I’m failing at being a mother, I’m failing at being a business person, I’m failing looking after my animals.
“But there’s always people worse off than yourself, so you just kind of pick yourself up and keep going.”