HELPING HANDS: Jim Stralow is grateful for the help.
HELPING HANDS: Jim Stralow is grateful for the help.

Farmers get $60K boost from auction

QUEENSLAND'S Jim and Phyllis Stralow have been on their cattle property, 80 kilometres north of Aramac, since 1993.

"You can handle a year or two of dry weather but, after seven years of drought, things start to get pretty tough," Mrs Stralow said.

"A long drought is like when you have a family member who is really crook. It doesn't matter what you do, they just don't get better. A lot of people don't realise how tough it's been."

That's why John McLaren from Rotary Australia said the $60,000 profit donation from the recent auction of the Jimmy Barnes Special Edition Working Class Mack would make such a massive difference.

"The money raised will go towards buying feed, helping farmers with their living expenses and providing health and emotional support on the ground," Mr McLaren said.

"It's a tremendous and inventive way to help our farmers and we thank Mack Trucks and Jimmy Barnes for their generous support."

Mack Trucks Australia Vice President Dean Bestwick said every dollar makes a difference.

"Drought still affects 96 per cent of New South Wales and 65 per cent of Queensland, so Mack was determined to help farmers in anyway it could," Mr Bestwick said.

"We are delighted to make this donation."

Sarina Crane Hire boss Scott Goode made the winning bid of $350,500 for the Working Class Mack in a gesture of support to struggling farmers all over Australia.

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