Hay folks, can we lend you a hand today?

May 11, 2018

Lions members Mia and Mike Nowosad, Merrigum Lions president John Sullivan and driver Garry Turner with a vital load of hay for burnt out farmers in Western Victoria.

FARMERS who have lost everything in the recent fires in south-west Victoria received a delivery of a very special kind.

The Lions Club Need for Feed hay run headed their way to help feed their stock and hand out scores of hampers filled with food items for families.

Eight trucks headed down in March and ever since convoys have been heading down, packed with donations.

On April 21, Mike Nowosad’s donation made its way down from his Merrigum property — 26 bales of hay and two hampers to assist.

For Mike, it’s the least he could do to support the farmers who support his livelihood.

“We had this hay sitting around and we weren’t using it, I looked at my wife and asked her what she thought about donating it and she said it sounds like a wonderful idea,” he said.

“People have lost their houses and feed — just everything.

‘‘A lot of the farms were dairy farms and my job depends on them being able to milk so I can cart it.

“We’re helping the farmers as well as helping guys like me keep our jobs.”

And he has plenty to go around, also contributing to the Queensland drought relief hay run, which he’s doing again this month.

“We’re fitting as much as we can on this truck now and what’s left over will go to the other run,” he said.

“I already have one farmer who said he’ll donate to the next run so I’ll store it here to be picked up.

‘‘I’m trying to get as much feed as I can, we’re hoping to fill a B-double.”

In true community spirit of lending a hand, Congupna truck driver Garry Turner said that he happily got involved on an initial basis simply because he had the time to help out.

“I just decided to register because I thought I could help. I’ve already done one trip and when I had done that I just said sign me up to the next one,” he said.

“They give you a reimbursement for freight and they suggest donating back a dollar per kilometre, but I’m planning on giving it all back, the fuel money is all I need.”

Anyone who would like to make a feed donation call Mike Nowosad on 0412 464 119 or visit

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