August 31, 2017
A delivery of 160 round bales of hay organised by Rural Aid Australia has been distributed to landholders affected by the Sir Ivan fire and farmers of the Binnaway district.
Carried on four trucks, the hay was shared among 14 Binnaway and Coolah farmers on Sunday, 27 August.
The donation was made by the United Supreme Grand Chapter of Mark and Royal Arch Masons, whose core principle is “helping others”.
After a ceremony in Cobar, members of the Masons were discussing how hard it has been, and still is, for the man on the land, facing fires and now drought.
The group had heard about the Buy a Bale charity and investigated how they could help.
Messages were sent to all chapters across NSW and the ACT, asking for financial donations to enable hay to be purchased and donated to farmers in need of feed for their stock.
The support for this was overwhelming, allowing the 160 round bales to be bought and delivered.
The Masons intend to have another fund-raising drive towards the end of the year, again supporting farmers in need.
Tracey Alder, co-founder of the Buy a Bale and Rural Aid foundations, was on hand to thank the Masons for their generosity.
Recovery support worker for the Sir Ivan bushfire, Sue Freebairn, also attended to support the
delivery from truck owners, C and N Fitzgerald and David Swain, were from Dubbo.
Narelle McDonald, volunteer coordinator for the Rural Aid Australia, organised the recipients and hosted a lunch for everyone.
This delivery was very gratefully received by all recipients.
Binnaway district and Coolah farmers have benefitted from the donation of 160 round bales of hay, donated by the Mark and Royal Arch Masons of NSW and the ACT and organised by Rural Aid Australia.
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