Bid on Kumbia fruit to help Burnett farmers
KUMBIA stone fruit farmers were left devastated when last week's storm tore through their orchards, but they are putting a positive spin on their situation by giving back to the community with their fruit.
"I was blown away by the support we have had, and for myself and my father-in-law Graham, we would rather help others," grower Teresa Francis said.
"Because the storm was so widespread we understand it is not just us that are suffering so if we can give back to the community that is great."
A box of snow angel peaches from the Francis's farm is being auctioned on eBay and the proceeds will be donated to Graham House.
"If people don't want to bid on the fruit I would encourage them to consider donating because if not for groups like Graham House, a lot of people would be in a lot of trouble," Mrs Francis said.
The box of peaches was originally gifted to Damien Martoo, from the Martoo Review to thank him for his support and he decided to auction the gift to help others.
"Teresa gave me a box of peaches because that's what she does, she looks after everyone else, and when I got home I realised we could make a difference with the peaches," he said.
It was important to Mr Martoo that the funds would be accessible to farmers and stays within the South Burnett, and Graham House seemed like the perfect fit as the program is headed by farmers who understand the impact of such a weather event.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the box of snow angels, valued at $50, had reached $310 on eBay. The figure is set to rise ahead of the auction's finish at 1pm on Thursday.
"Jump on, follow, it share it and make a bid," Mr Martoo said.
To make a bid, search "snow angel white flesh peaches from Easy 8 Orchards Kumbia" on eBay.