Farmers get support
PRIMARY schools around the Granite Belt will take part in “dress like a farmer day” tomorrow to raise money for struggling farmers.
All funds raised from the day will go to Buy a Bale, a Queensland initiative that aims to help farmers by getting Australians to donate money to buy a bail of hay.
Terry Byrnes is responsible for getting the Granite Belt involved but he insists it was the community that made it work.
“It started out as a very simple project,” he said.
“I went to Granite Belt Fruit Freighters, I was there for two minutes and they gave me a prime mover. I rang my old boss from Brisbane and he said just give Terry whatever he wants. That’s how it started. I went and asked them. It was so simple. It’s absolutely fantastic how it snowballed.”
Terry is going to be driving the truck full of hay to Murphy’s Creek, through to Gatton, Quilpie and finally to Boulia.
From community members to a number of local businesses and farmers, people have jumped right on board with Terry.
Broadwater State School principal Shannon Armbruster got the schools involved.
“Schools have ‘adopt a cop’ and last year we made Terry our ‘adopt a pop’,” she said.
“He’s been involved with the school for a number of years. The kids love him.”
Now all primary schools in the Granite Belt will be dressing up and donating a gold coin to raise the funds for the fuel needed to deliver the hay. All proceeds go directly to Buy a Bale.
“He’s seen the devastation out there. Every little bit helps,” Shannon said.
More than 600 students and staff members are expected to take part tomorrow.
Terry insists he is only a very small part of it.
“It was an idea but the rest came from good people,” he said.
“There’s people out there every day that need help. It’s not about me its about what people can do here. It’s good for Stanthorpe. I never had any regrets about moving into this town.”
If you’d like to help with Buy a Bale, contact Terry on 0438180447.