Another two local businesses have joined forces to support the drought-stricken farmers in the Riverina.
Owners of the Hillis Motor Group and the Riverina Motor Group, David Kelly and Dale Isaac, are helping the farming communities through their involvement with the Buy a Bale appeal.
The two motor groups will be donating $5000 each, which is a total of $10,000 upfront, as well as donating one-hundred dollars from every new or used car sold at either dealerships.
Mr Kelly said the dealerships’ joint venture will be enough to buy a semi-load of hay to give to the farmers immediately.
“We’ve had a few of our customers who have come in over the last month or so who have expressed to us how hard they’re doing it,” he said.
“This has got us thinking, how can we help; they’re friends of ours, they’re part of our community and they’re also customers of ours.”
The dealerships have set a target of raising $100,000 between now and Christmas to assist the farmers.
“Initially we’ll work with the charity group Buy a Bale to distribute the hay and everything else, and then we’ll talk to a couple of local people as well and look at how we can support them locally,” Mr Kelly said.
“I’d love all the car dealerships to get involved and everyone to donate upfront as I think it’s important that we all do our part for the community and for our country at the moment.”
The Wagga community is digging deep to help those in need, with other businesses like Palm and Pawn and Bistro 73, who have signed up for the ‘Parma for a Farmer’ initiative.