Queensland farmers and brewers spread cheer with random acts of kindness during record floods

Darling Downs farmers Jamie Rother and Caroline Azria are not any strangers to what Mother Nature can dish out.

“Over the previous few years we have had floods, hail, drought … just about all the things,” Mr Rother mentioned.

So when their truckload of produce destined for Brisbane markets could not make it on account of floodwaters this week, they determined it was time for a random act of kindness — in actual fact, 2,000 random acts of kindness. 

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The sunflowers brightened up the hospital.(Facebook: St Vincents Hospital)

“We had 2,000 sunflower blooms destined for the markets and did not need them to go to waste, so we went to native hospitals and aged care properties and handed them out,” Mr Rother mentioned.

He mentioned it felt like the appropriate factor to do during a catastrophe.

“Farmers go into farming with a objective: to dress folks or feed folks and, as flower farmers, our objective is to spread pleasure to folks,” Mr Rother mentioned.

It is identical sentiment that impressed Dee Davenport from Stanthorpe to load up her automobile with the issues the Granite Belt is legendary for when she drove to Brisbane to select up household.

“I could not take an empty automobile figuring out there have been shortages of fruit and greens in Brisbane,” she mentioned.

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Dee Davenport loaded her automobile with provides earlier than she drove to Brisbane.(Facebook: Dee Davenport)

“So I put slightly post online asking what folks wanted and bought some actually good replies. I contacted some of our native shops and we had been in a position to get a heap of donations of cleansing merchandise, soaps, and rubber gloves, issues like that.”

And apples.

“Oh sure, it is the Apple and Grape Festival right here this weekend, I visited Sam’s [fruit and vegetable shop] on the best way, and the automobile was very full of cleansing merchandise, apples … and beer!”

Ms Davenport operates the Granite Belt Brewery, and made certain to squeeze in some chilly brews for the mud military.

“I used to be speaking with folks on the streets of Graceville, and they simply needed one thing contemporary to eat whereas they’re cleansing. They’re working actually exhausting. So right here I used to be going round with apples, and they had been all so grateful,” she mentioned.

“I’ve been getting loads of messages about how wonderful Stanthorpe apples are.

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Sam Giacca in Stanthorpe says he was more than pleased to assist fill a load of fruit and greens headed for Brisbane.(ABC Rural: Lucy Cooper)

“They’ve bought mills and small fridges, and they’ve all been gathering at knock-off time, and so I gave them some beers.

“So although it is a catastrophe, it brings our communities a lot nearer collectively, sharing meals and drinks on the finish of the day after an extended day of cleansing.”

Returning the favour

Ms Davenport mentioned she was impressed by the assistance Brisbane supplied her personal group during the drought.

“We have lodging on the brewery, and visitors would come and go to and convey water and say ‘we can’t use your water whereas we’re right here’,” she mentioned.

“They’d give us bottled water, and say ‘we introduced further for you’.

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