Project manager for Pioneer Valley Rotary Ron Poulsen with more hay bales bound for Longreach. Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury
Project manager for Pioneer Valley Rotary Ron Poulsen with more hay bales bound for Longreach. Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury Lee Constable

Mike Griffin knows all to well why we need Hay Hat Day

BEFORE Rockhampton's Mike Griffin travelled out west, he thought he understood how bad the drought was out there.

But until he saw it with his own eyes, it didn't really sink in.

Inspired to help, Mike began helping out with the Pioneer Rotary Club's Hay Drive, which has distributed over 3500 bales of hay to drought-affected farmers since early 2014.

This Sunday he will also be involved in the Hay Hat Day at the Heritage Village in Rockhampton, which is being organised by the Rockhampton South Rotary Club.

The group is encouraging the local community to come down and donate, with money going towards rural families in need this Christmas.

"They've had 151mm so far this year. That's virtually nothing," Mike said of the Longreach district.

"We have an average of 800mm here in Rocky… (but) we've only had 466mm so far this year."

Mike has been involved with Rotary since 2009 and travelled to areas including Barcaldine and Longreach in August.

"When you get out there and see it, the air is so, so dry, the ground is so bare," he said.

"Out there it's very depressing."

The Hay Hat Day is on at the Heritage Village this Sunday from 8.30am to 1pm.

Every person who donates over $5 will receive a free Queenslander hat, donated by George's, with an Akubra hat also being raffled off.

Award-winning journalist Chrissy Arthur will also be speaking on the drought at the amphitheatre from 10.30am.



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