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Published date: Monday 8 April 2019
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Macquarie Correctional Centre staff and inmates are bringing relief to drought-affected farmers in the Wellington region by raising money to feed their livestock.
The centre, in the state’s Central West, has raised a total $7,300 for struggling farmers through various fundraising activities, including allowing inmates to purchase charity chocolates through the grocery buy-up system.
Correctional Officer Katie Shepherd said the funds have been given to local tradie Tommy Partridge, who is buying and delivering hay to struggling farmers around the district.
“We decided to donate to Tommy’s Hay Run, Feed for Aussie Farmers because we wanted to help farmers who are struggling with the drought conditions here on the Western Plains,” Ms Shepherd said.
“One hundred per cent of these funds will go to buying hay for our drought-stricken farmers who need this to help keep their livestock alive.
“Thanks to Tommy – who is doing hay runs to farmers in his own time – we’ll be able to help take some of the pressure off the farmers who are doing it tough.”
Correctional Officer Robert New said it was a positive example of how correctional centres can give back to the community.
“Both the staff and inmates really wanted to do something to help our farmers so it has been great that we have been able to raise this money for the benefit of our community,” Mr New said.
“It’s also a great opportunity for inmates who have friends and families in drought-affected areas to do something positive and feel as though they’re contributing to their community.”
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