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Don’t bale on farmers and frock up for fundraising ball

DRESSING UP: Sarah Baldwyn, Lee Balkin, Karen Sweeney and Mandy Wallace are getting ready for the Buy a Bale Masquerade Ball
DRESSING UP: Sarah Baldwyn, Lee Balkin, Karen Sweeney and Mandy Wallace are getting ready for the Buy a Bale Masquerade Ball Mike Richards

IT'S DRY in the country and farmers need your help.

With drought affecting farmers all through central Queensland, Gladstone resident Sarah Baldwin decided to organise the Buy a Bale Masquerade Ball.

The ball will be held at the Gladstone Entertainment and Convention Centre on Saturday.

"We're hoping to raise $40,000, which will help farmers in the local central Queensland area," she said.

"The money will be given to the Buy a Bale campaign and they will be spreading through the area.

"People can help out by going to the movies in the last week of August (this week) or they can come along to the Buy a Bale night.

"It will all kick off at 5.30pm and will officially start at 6.30pm.

"We're going to have a three-course meal, a live silent auction, lucky door prizes and a band.

"People will dress up in eveningwear, complete with a mask," she said.

Buy a Bale spokesman Brad Butcher said Ms Baldwin and the organising team had done a fantastic job.

"It's going to be one of the best events in Gladstone in a long while," he said.

Mr Butcher said Biloela farmer Peter Hindmarsh was one of many in the region who are supplying hay to the charity, and that Mr Hindmarsh was planning to attend the ball.

"About 60 to 70% of hay comes from the Biloela wider area and we've got some great relationships with our farmers out there, who often give us the 'first grab' of the hay.

"Farmers in the region are doing it tough at the moment and we've got hay drops planned from the North Burnett area all the way north through central Queensland."

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