Normally the trucks leaving OneFortyOne’s Jubilee Highway Sawmill are loaded with crates of timber for building houses. However the sawmill team has recently dispatched two crates of donated goods to help farming families in drought-stricken NSW.
OFO’s Maree Little led the employee donation drive having seen the news, “For all of us living in regional communities, we know how important our farmers are, and we all know what it’s like to go through a tough time. We know that community help during these times is just so important and appreciated”.
With this in mind, Maree reached out to the charity “Drought Angels” and got a list of items that were desperately needed. These ranged from non-perishable food items such as tea, cereal and sauce, through to men and women’s toiletries, cleaning products and even items for children like craft supplies and toothpaste.
“The call was put out to the OFO teams at the mill and the forests for donations, and I was overwhelmed by everyone’s support”, said Maree.
“It has been a really humbling experience to see my colleagues jump on board in such a big way. I was expecting people would donate the odd item or two, but most people brought in shopping bags full of goods”.
The donated goods left the Jubilee Highway Sawmill on a Linfox Mount Gambier truck heading to Victoria where “Need for Feed-Disaster Relief” will deliver the donations to those in need. Need for Feed is a Lions Club project who have been supporting communities and farmers affected by fire, drought and flood relief since 2006.