Truckloads of help


Oakford Stockfeeds staff Dylan Llewellyn and Cindy Imhof and driver Ray Sedgwick |prepare a load of donated feed for transport. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d448666
Oakford Stockfeeds staff Dylan Llewellyn and Cindy Imhof and driver Ray Sedgwick |prepare a load of donated feed for transport. Picture: Matt Jelonek        d448666

Budget Stockfeeds and Oakford Stockfeeds, in the Shire of Serpentine-Jarrahdale, are two of many companies that have transported donated livestock feed and medical supplies to a co-ordination and distribution point at Murray Horse and Pony Club.

Rebecca Morgan from Oakford Stockfeeds said they have been overwhelmed by the generosity of people.

“We were able to send our first truckload down on Saturday morning (January 9),” she said.

“We had to get a permit to get past the roadblocks.

“Budget Stockfeeds and Mandurah Stockfeeds managed to obtain permits to get into the fire-stricken areas – we added our donations to Budgets Stockfeeds’ truck and sent our truck direct to Mandurah Stockfeeds to also add to their donations.”

Oakford Stockfeeds was able to send its own truck and trailer down on January 12 once some of the roadblocks were removed.

It was loaded with 10 pallets of feed, bags of chaff and oaten hay.

Ms Morgan said Oakford Stockfeeds still had four pallets of food that couldn’t fit on the last truck that went down, but their driver Ray Sedgwick will be on the road again today to deliver the rest.

“As long as we are still receiving donations, we will still keep trucking it in,” she said.

“The need for first-aid, hay and feed will no doubt continue through the next few months.

“A huge thank-you to everyone who has helped and donated so far.”

Reports have emerged in the past week of animals that have suffered in the bushfires, including horses with burns, hungry and lost sheep and cattle and injured wildlife.

Volunteers at the distribution centre at Murray Horse and Pony Club are continuing to communicate with farmers, animal owners and wildlife volunteers to ensure they get the necessary supplies.

If you would like to donate at Oakford Stockfeeds, there is a tin on the counter and donations are also being taken over the phone on 9397 0296.

Items can also be purchased and added to the truck to be sent down.

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