Council raises farmer funds

RELIEF: Whyalla City Council CEO Chris Cowley, Jonalin Steart, Rose Cooper, Kerry-Lee McWhinney and Elaine Wilkinson were happy to help raise funds for farmers in need.
RELIEF: Whyalla City Council CEO Chris Cowley, Jonalin Steart, Rose Cooper, Kerry-Lee McWhinney and Elaine Wilkinson were happy to help raise funds for farmers in need.

Whyalla City Council staff have rallied to help South Australian farmers feeling the pinch with our dry conditions.

After a discussion amongst her colleagues in the Records Department, records management officer Kerry-Lee McWhinney kicked off an appeal this month at the Council offices in Darling Terrace,

Putting together a casual day, morning tea and selling bottles of water to Council staff, the appeal raised more than $500 in a matter of days.

“This a fantastic effort and thank you to Kerry-Lee and all the staff that contributed,” Council CEO Chris Cowley said.

The money will go to the Buy a Bale charity which allows people to select where their bales of hay will be sent.

Funding raised by Council staff will send 12 bales of hay and 11,500 litres of water to South Australian farmers with nine litres of diesel to help get them there.

“Everyone who contributed to the fundraiser did an amazing job,” Kerry-Lee said.

“We donated the funds to Buy a Bale, that way we could select South Australia to contribute the money towards.”

The Whyalla Childcare Centre and the Whyalla Public Library participated in the fundraising.