SHOPPING SPREE: Alison Detaille, Janelle Mangan and Kellie McDonald from Brisbane were hitting the shops on Palmerin St to help our farmers.
SHOPPING SPREE: Alison Detaille, Janelle Mangan and Kellie McDonald from Brisbane were hitting the shops on Palmerin St to help our farmers. Nicole Zurcas

The city shoppers are travelling to Warwick to spend

WARWICK stores became flooded with shoppers as a minibus of Brisbane city slickers came to town to shop.

Seeing the work schools were doing with her children, helping raise money for drought-stricken farmers, Janelle Mangan wanted to add her fair share of work too.

"My children participated in Five for a Farmer at school which was great but I knew there was more we could do,” she said.

Together with a group of 15 women, Mrs Mangan organised a country shopping trip to Warwick.

The Fillies for Farmers initiative was her way of bringing the funds back to the locals.

"There's a lot of coverage on the farmers struggling but not many people no it also effects the towns they live in,” Mrs Mangan said.

"As a group we wanted to see the money go back into the local community where it would make a real difference.”

For some of the visitors it was their first country shopping experience.

"I wasn't sure what to expect, I didn't want to be on a farm in the rain that's for sure,” Ms Alison Detaille said.

"But when I heard we were going to the shops that changed everything.”

The ladies headed to Palmerin St to spend away, teaming up with four stores to take their fundraising even further.

Emporium Lane, Style Shoes, Classic Dimensions and the Little Gallery Cafe will all be donating 20 per cent of the shoppers sales to Buy a Bale.

Owner of Emporium Lane Deborah Rhodes said it was an opportunity to show case Warwick as a shopping destination.

"We're very excited to have these women from Brisbane visit the store,” she said.

"We get to show them what we have to offer and how just how good the country side is.”

The trip may be a one off for the group but many of the shoppers plan to come back for more.



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