HELPING OUT: Ballandean Football Club have donated some money to a worthy cause, with junior players lending a helping hand to raise the funds.
HELPING OUT: Ballandean Football Club have donated some money to a worthy cause, with junior players lending a helping hand to raise the funds. Matthew Purcell

Football club support drought cause

FOOTBALL: The test of a community is often what they're willing to do to help those around them.

Despite the lingering drought and our own farmers doing it tough, one local club has put their hands in their pockets to support some severely affected farmers in other parts of the country.

Ballandean Football Club last week donated $1400 to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners, a project supported by Rotary.

"If a farming community can't help another farming community then we're in trouble. I thought if we could at least help out with something it'd be good,” Ballandean FC's Jason Nash said.

"It's only $1400, which these days is probably only a tank of fuel, but we're a little club and did what we could.

"You've got to look after those who look after you. I'm sure if times were tough and we needed hay here it'd be them guys or someone similar to them sending it to us.”

The club used the Football Stanthorpe semi-finals at the tailend of last year which they hosted to raise the funds.

"We just sold tickets that come from Stanthorpe Quality Meats, for meat trays, I think they donated all those,” Nash said.

"We got all the little junior soccer players to go around and help us. Shirley Willoughby was a big part of it too.

"We're pretty much a self-funded club so we could do with every cent we get too but thought it was awesome the club decided to let the money go... because it is a substantial amount for our club.”

Rotary's Leeanne Gangemi thanked the club.

"This is another example of the caring attitude of our local community,” she said.

"We are suffering from drought locally in many ways, yet we are still donating to others.

"The Rotary Club of Stanthorpe is very happy to be able to pass on this donation to the Hay Runners on behalf of the Ballandean Football Club.”

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