With Spring just around there’s a call-to-arms for parents who can help ensure the survival of the season’s lambs – by donating spare baby bottles to farmers in crisis.
Help the little lambs
“Poddy Lambs are lambs that don’t have a mother due to the mother dying, the mother rejecting the lamb or the mother not having any milk supply. Poddy lambs are hand reared and fed using baby bottles and teets. We have heard that a lot of rural stores are completely out of baby bottles and we don’t know when they will have new stock coming in”
Non-rural folk can help by joining the Muster Drought Appeal baby bottle and powdered milk drive.
“If you have baby bottles you no longer use or you have a spare couple of dollars to purchase some new ones to donate please let us know. We are also in need of full cream milk powder to help feed the lambs.”
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Helping our farmers
Two NSW mums have issued a similar call-out for new and used baby bottles to help feed hungry Spring lambs. Suzii Que and Sonjja Finigan are the women behind the Save our Farmers Convoy To Dubbo Facebook group, and they’re also keen to help battling farmers in any way they can.
“We are just a couple of mums who are interested in helping our farmers, while they are in dire hardship,” the pair explain.
While Suzii and Sonjja’s callout covers all kinds of much-needed items – razors, water, sanitary products, toothpaste, deodorant and non-perishable food items among them – parents of small children can be particularly helpful if they have any stray baby bottles on hand. Aldi full cream powdered milk is also needed to help feed the lambs. They apparently have particularly taken to the Aldi brand.
With money tight and local stores’ supplies running short, Suzii and Sonjja are hoping that the broader community will rise to the challenge. They aim to pool a brilliant amount of donations by 30 August, all ready for their run to Dubbo on 1 September, joining forces with the Sutherland Shire Convoy 4 Farmers. Milk and bottles can be posted to 3/72 Lorraine Street, Peakhurst, 2210.
More ways to help
“Visit a small town, stay the night, get a haircut, eat out, buy some items from the local stores. Support the communities that are also doing it tough … they need to know we have their backs.”
Queensland University of Technology Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies director, Wendy Scaife, told the ABC that it’s important to be vigilant, especially when donating money to any drought appeals.
Search charity regulator the Australian Charities and Not For Profits Commission, she suggests to confirm the charity you want to give your hard-earned cash to is registered and regulated (as The Muster Drought Appeal is, see below!)
“You can have a look and make sure that it’s really an organisation,” Dr Scaife explains. “They also have a phone centre so if you have any queries, they’re more than happy to take those.”