Hampers give a helping hand for farmers

By Liz Mellino

As Central Western NSW is struggling through one of the worst droughts in history, Moama’s Leanne Whitely is on a mission to help those in need.

Having experienced first hand the effects of severe drought, Ms Whitely wanted to do something to help the farmers and their families doing it tough.

She is collecting hampers for the farming women in NSW, in an idea she has dubbed Hampers for our Outback Women Warriors.

‘‘The women are having to be the strong ones while the men are doing the work, women are trying to keep it all together whilst getting the kids sorted, house maintained and being on the farm,’’ Ms Whitely said.

‘‘I understand the struggle and I wanted to help in some small way by letting them know that we care... it can be very isolating for them.’’

Ms Whitely is hoping to put together more than 100 hampers filled with toiletries, sanitary items, candles, perfumes, wine or any other items that could put a smile on these women’s faces.

In the first week of next month, Ms Whitely is hoping to make the trip up to Girilambone in NSW to hand deliver the hampers to those in need.

In a post shared on her Facebook, Ms Whitely shared some comments from a girl living near Wilcannia in outback NSW.

‘‘What would be great is a little something for the women. They have to keep the men afloat, do the heartbreaking books and figure out how to pay for the next load of feed... our beautiful ladies are weathering it all,’’ the post read.

Ms Whitely urged people in Shepparton and surrounding towns to donate any items they had available, and drop them off to Goulburn Valley Cakes at 7953B Goulburn Valley Hwy for collection.

‘‘I grew up in a drought and I understand what my parents had to do to stay on the farm,’’ she said. ‘‘These people are doing it tough... it is a battle but don’t give up and don’t give in.’’

For more information, visit Hampers for Outback Women Warriors on Facebook.