Outback Australian city that fights paralyzing drought, gets huge hay and water from the Muslim community
- Stanthorpe, Queensland, has not had rain for months and is struggling to survive
- City only a few weeks away from no more water and farmers must kill animals
- Muslim Aid Australia supplied 200,000 liters of water, 130 tons of hay bales
- Delivery funded by donations from Muslims throughout Australia and some abroad
A drought-stricken city just a few weeks after the water ran out, has received a huge emergency supply package from the Muslim community of Australia.
About 200,000 liters of water and 130 tons of hay bales arrived this weekend on 20 trucks in Stanthorpe, Queensland, much to the delight of the local farmers.
The delivery was organized by Muslim Aid Australia on the basis of donations from thousands of people and companies throughout the country.
About 200,000 liters of water and 130 tons of hay bales arrived this weekend on 20 trucks in Stanthorpe, Queensland, much to the delight of the local farmers
Jubilant locals saw the delivery vans welcome when they arrived and hurried to unload the hay bales from trailers
& # 39; Livestock are dying, horses are dying or they have to be sold because they don't have hay bales to eat or drink, & # 39; said MAA spokesperson Riyaad Ally.
Jubilant locals saw the delivery vans welcome when they arrived and hurried to unload the hay bales from trailers.
"It was incredible, the locals couldn't believe how many the trucks brought in and they couldn't thank us enough," Ally said.
& # 39; Everyone was excited and emotional and everyone from the city and dozens of volunteers showed up to help. There was even a barbecue. & # 39;
"It was incredible, the locals could not believe how much the trucks brought in and they could not thank us enough," said Muslim Aid Australia spokesperson Riyaad Ally.
The delivery was organized by Muslim Aid Australia on the basis of donations from thousands of people and companies throughout the country
A Muslim volunteer unloads bottles of water from the delivery after pallets were removed from the trucks during the weekend
A happy local loads hay and water into the back of an ute to be taken to a needy farm
Donors were local mosques, Muslim companies and organizations and ordinary people as far away as Turkey and Britain.
& # 39; People from all walks of life have turned up and it is amazing that we have received support throughout the journey & # 39 ;, Ally said.
& # 39; We have strangers waving and wellwishers are asking us about our plans for the donations. & # 39;
In addition to delivering hay bales to farmers, they have also organized food packages to deliver to farmers and their families if they are struggling financially and fighting mental health issues.
Two of the volunteer truck drivers from Muslim Aid Australia who brought one of the 20 trucks to Stanthorpe
& # 39; Everyone was excited and emotional and everyone from the city and dozens of volunteers showed up to help. There was even a barbecue, & Mr. 39 said
Local people and Muslim volunteers join forces to quickly release water from trucks and on smaller vehicles on their way to farms
MAA delivered another half the size in September and the phase two project is expected to be sufficient to see through the area until the rain arrives.
The trucks were supplied by George Deen, who made dozens of water droplets to Stanthorpe and surrounding areas during the drought.
Every time he delivers a free load of water from Brisbane, it's an eight-hour tour that costs $ 450 in fuel.
He also regularly pays the bill for this, because he knows how bad things are. This time he didn't have to do that.
MAA delivered another half the size of 30 tonnes of hay bales (photo) – 132 hay bales in September
In addition to delivering hay bales to farmers, they have also organized food containers (photo) to deliver to farmers
A recent study by The Granite Belt Growers Assosication into the financial impact of the drought showed that the area cost $ 100 million.
About $ 60 million less in economic activity and about $ 40 million in wages were expected for the 2019-20 financial year.
Animals are sent to slaughter because families cannot afford to feed and water them. Horses that cannot be given away because no one wants to have the financial burden to keep them alive.
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