Hay, can you help out our battling farmers?
"WE HAVE been through droughts. I have had to shoot our own cattle during some tough times. We know how hard it is and we want to be able to help out others where we can."
Those words have come from Bundaberg cane farmers and hay balers Michelle and Wal Verdel who are calling for businesses to help them raise funds to transport much-needed hay bales to drought-stricken Longreach.
The pair has seen first-hand how bad the region is and are looking to help out their fellow farmers.
"It is such a bad area out there as far as the drought goes and feed must be so scarce," Mr Verdel said.
"We were out there last year and it was bad. It hasn't rained since so it must be so much worse now," he said.
"We want to be able to connect the coastal people with the country people, to let them know that they are not alone and that we are here to help."
The duo has 150 hay bales, with more to come, stacked in their farm shed that are ready to be transported to Longreach. The only problem is money.
"We have a whole heap of hay bales that have come off a friend's block that he needed to get rid of," Mr Verdel said.
"We are hoping to raise the money to buy the bales and to have them freighted over to Longreach for the farmers but it is expensive and we need to cover costs."
Mrs Verdel said she had contacted drought-assistance organisation Buy A Bale who had given her an estimated price for freight.
"We are looking at a rough estimate of around $30,000 to buy the bale and have it trucked over," she said.
"If we can get that sorted, Buy A Bale said they will then distribute the hay to the farmers in need."
Mr and Mrs Verdel are now calling on businesses to help.
"If we can get half a dozen businesses who are willing to donate to this cause, we would be so grateful," she said.
"We would also love to hear from any freight companies who are willing to help out with moving the hay to Longreach.
"We have about four semi loads that are ready to go out.
"We have an opportunity to help out so we want to be able to do everything we can."
If you would like to donate money or know a business that can help, contact Michelle Verdel on 0407 769 165.