Mate’s efforts bring smiles to our drought-stricken farmers

AT the risk of being booted out of Oz, I'm going to confess that I actually don't love a sunburnt country, because growing up in soaking wet Innisfail really hasn't prepared me for life in a semi-parched climate.

Living in central Queensland has also taught me that hurling the remote at our television during the evening weather report has done very little to improve the chances of rain, or Long Suffering Wife's nervous condition.

Which is why I heartily applaud people like my mate Jeannie K.

Jeannie is one of those sickeningly joyful folk who brings sunshine wherever she goes; although more sunshine isn't exactly what is needed in our drought-wracked Outback at the moment.

Seeing disasters as challenges to be overcome with gusto, Jeannie is the sort of person who would immediately organise a sing-along in the life boat as the cruise ship sank.

She's basically someone we cynics would cheerfully beat up, if we weren't too busy trying to clap in time with the music.

After seeing the plight of our farmers, Jeannie swung into action.

Assisted by her mate Yvonne, Jeannie scribbled down the names of some very talented local entertainers, calculated how much dirt she had on each of them, then blackmailed them into joining their drought relief FUNdraiser.

Last Saturday night, ironically after a week of rain, they gathered together for a hoedown in town to raise some bucks for the bush.

And while they're still not flush with floods around the Longreach district, at least they've got some cash to splash about now.

So if you've grown tired of hurling abuse at an uncaring Mother Nature, please call Jeannie on 0408 893 377 and watch her magically turn your spare change into hay bales, fuel and food, which will put smiles on some very dusty dials.



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