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Support for cause

By Patrick Tansey

Sporties Barooga dug deep to assist the Barooga Lions Club’s latest hay run as part of its tireless Need for Feed campaign.

For Need for Feed’s Father’s Day hay run, Sporties kindly donated $3500, allowing the drought-relief charity to buy an entire truckload of hay.

The hay joined a convoy of more than 100 trucks and 50 support vehicles which made tracks to the New England region to help 400 families.

Sporties business development manager Tony Tranter said he was proud the organisation could make a difference to the Lions club’s efforts.

‘‘Sporties Barooga have been long-time supporters of the Barooga Lions Club and the work they do with Need for Feed to help farming families in regional Australia cope with the effects of natural disaster on their farms and livelihoods,’’ Mr Tranter said.

‘‘There is still plenty of work to be done, though, with Linda and Darren from Need for Feed telling us that they currently have 1500 families on their books who need help and there’s no sign conditions will be improving any time soon.’’

Need for Feed northern Victoria co-ordinator Linda Ryder classified the donation as at the ‘‘massive’’ end of the scale and said the Lions were very lucky to be supported so strongly by Sporties.

‘‘Sporties have backed us all the way,’’ she said.

‘‘They’ve been putting up posters for weeks now as well for donations toward men’s hamper packs, which is awesome of them,.’’

●Anyone who would like to show their support can donate to Need for Feed at its website www.needforfeed.org or take in in non-perishable donations to Sporties Barooga.