Manning the barbecue at the Korumburra Showgrounds on Sunday were Rotary volunteers George Auddino, Richard Oldham, Valentino Auddino, Bayley Nicholas, Julia Fabrowska and Ken Sim. rg402716

Manning the barbecue at the Korumburra Showgrounds on Sunday were Rotary volunteers George Auddino, Richard Oldham, Valentino Auddino, Bayley Nicholas, Julia Fabrowska and Ken Sim. rg402716

TOUCHED by the plight of the region’s dairy farmers, Korumburra’s Katie Glassock decided to lend a hand.
The result was what Katie dubbed a ‘mega community effort’ on Sunday at the Korumburra Showgrounds on Sunday, with a free barbecue and activities for dairy farmers and their families.
The Korumburra Lions Club, Rotary Club of Korumburra, Korumburra Business Association and Milpara Community House jumped on board, with many local businesses donating goods and services for the day.
Katie said it’s very important for dairy farmers to come together during these difficult times.
“I wanted to actually talk to the farmers, you can be on Facebook and be a keyboard warrior, but you’re not going to find out exactly what they want if you’re not talking to them,” she said.
“I decided the only way to talk to them was to organise a barbecue and start the ball rolling.
“I want them to realise that there is people out there that care and want to help in ways that we can.
“A lot of the farmers have said that just knowing that the support is there for them is giving them the buoyancy to keep going.
“I’m hoping that farmers are seeing that people are caring enough to make these events happen for them, even if they pick and choose one or two of them to go to and if they need anything they can ask for help.”
It wasn’t only local businesses pitching in to help on Sunday, with Prahran’s Alison Baker making the 1.5 hour journey to show support for the dairy farmers.
Alison heard about Katie’s plans on Facebook and decided to lend a hand, bringing bread from her Prahran bakery.
“I’ve got compassion knowing fellow Australians who do this incredibly hard work that we don’t do in the city, yet they don’t seem to be getting any recognition or proper value for the work that they do and they do it so stoically and silently,” Alison said.
“A lot of city people are saying they’re not going to buy the $1, $2 milk anymore. City people are really contributing to the conversation online and asking ‘what can we do?’
“I sell properly priced milk in my shop and free range eggs, pure honey and things like that and it’s just natural for me to come and help.”
Katie thanked all for their support of the barbecue and is hoping to run more events for dairy farmers in the future.
She encourages any dairy farmers who need support to contact her on 0414 414 055.