A full house, a huge day, the Gold Coast Titans' final match of the 2018 season, many of the 27,000 strong crowd there to farewell one of the game's biggest stars.

Our farmers were also in the news, the drought biting harder than ever before, generations on the land at breaking point.

For decades, dairy farmer Ron Shelley has worked the land, adamant this drought is as tough as any he has endured previously.

"Well I've saw three droughts, and this would be the worst one, I've been on the land all my life and I'm eighty-five," he said.

There are many others like Ron, lifelong farmers who spend every minute of their time working the land.

While recent rain has provided the land with a green tinge and the farmers with some light relief, the effects of this drought will be felt for years to come.

The plight of the farming community not lost on Riverina Feed Lot, Territory Sales Manager, Glen Whitton.

"I've never seen it this bad in my lifetime in this area and our business, Riverina we were just that bust we just couldn't keep up , seven days a week, twenty-four hours a day on all our plants," Whitton said.

The Gold Coast Titans along with foundation partner, Frizelles Sunshine Automotive, and media partner, Hot Tomato, engaged the local community, encouraging those attending the match to make a gold coin donation and enter the various raffles and auctions being held at the venue and online.

Last week, thanks to the assistance of the team at Riverina Feed Lot, along with Titans star Will Mathews set out to deliver the $18,000 raised during the drought appeal to those who need it most.

 

 

On an otherwise, typically quiet country day in Warwick, the farming community made their way into town, utes, cars and trucks loaded with much needed feed. The support a perfect pick me for the farmers and the region according to Glen.

 

 

"It just means the world to these people because a lot of them were selling their calves and that sort of stuff, and they couldn't rare those calves because the cost of everything and what we have been able to give them today, they can now keep those calves for their Holstein heffas and raise e them again to bring them through to the next life cycle."

They were certainly appreciative and humble.... and you could clearly sense their hesitation, they were there because they needed help, but it's certainly not where they want to be.

Having grown up on a farm, Titans player Will Mathews is well aware of the emotion attached to the relief initiative.

"Oh definitely, they are only doing it because they have to, but they are not doing it willingly, I mean they are in tough times and like you said they are a bit hesitant to take it, but it's a massive help to them so they really need it," Matthews said.

It's a situation Glen is faced with daily.

"Oh yeah, they are, they are very humble people, but they really do thank the people that have been involved with to get this through to them, yeah, they are very humble people and they keep to themselves a lot."

From Warwick, Will made his way out to Purse House Rural in Clifton, it was the same response and sadly, the same predicament for those who call the land home.

"The community here with the farmers that we have in our region, southern downs and the central downs here, they have just been so impressed that something is coming to them and they just can't thank the titans and Frizelles enough for doing this, the initiative"

There was another pleasing side effect to the Titans Frizelles Sunshine Automotive drought appeal, we managed to bring a group who are very much used to their own company together, to discuss the hard times, their feelings and the future.

 

 

"Today is for these farmers to have a yarn to each other too, so that's been another really great thing to get these people together as well, so that's been great."