Rodney Kowland, Madonna and Dennis Perren are collecting dog food to donate to drought affected farmers out west. If you'd like to contribute, give him a call on 0499 187 082.
Rodney Kowland, Madonna and Dennis Perren are collecting dog food to donate to drought affected farmers out west. If you'd like to contribute, give him a call on 0499 187 082. Michael Nolan

Driven to help man's best friend in times of drought

DURING his years as a truckie, Rodney Kowald saw first- hand how tough life in western Queensland could be, so when the opportunity to help came along he was quick to get involved.

For the past few weeks, Mr Kowald and his family have been collecting dog food and on September 28 they will join a charity convoy to Morven to donate the much-needed supplies. He has about 400kg of the stuff stored in his backyard and hopes to have another 300kg before the convoy departs.

"I've heard a lot of farmers are getting rid of their dogs because they can't feed them,” Mr Kowald said.

The convoy consists of small vehicles, like utes and 4WDs, laden with stock feed, household items, toiletries, personal care products and fuel.

Mr Kowald reckons dog food is an easy one to arrange.

While it's cheap, a donated bag would mean the world to a farmer thinking of selling off his working dogs.

Mr Kowald doesn't drive trucks any more. Arranging charitable donations seemed like a good use of his time. He gave up his career after heart problems got the better of him.

"I was born with a hole in my heart. I've had six open-heart surgeries and four valve replacements. The doctors say I have another two valves that don't work properly,” he said.

On the day of the convoy, Mr Kowald is due for more tests at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.

He'll leave the hospital, drive back to Warwick and head straight out to Morven.

So the sooner he finalises the donations, the better.

Anyone wanting to contribute a bag of dog food is asked to drop it at the Warwick Beaurepaires store at 24 Albion St or Goodstart Early Learning at 148 Wood St.

Deadline for donations is September 20.

For more information call 0499187082.



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