DROUGHT CRISIS: Gold Coast shoppers dig deep at the checkout

GOLD Coasters have dug deep for drought-hit farmers and donated more than $13,000 in change at the checkouts at a shopping centre at Runaway Bay.

Runaway Bay Lions Club took their donation tins to the Runaway Bay Shopping Centre last week to help support drought-stricken communities.

In just four days, local shoppers donated an incredible $13,200.


With the entire state of NSW and 60 per cent of Queensland now in drought, Lions Clubs across the country are boosting their support for farmers.

This month, the Australian Lions Foundation (ALF) hopes to raise half a million dollars to help get fodder and essential items to farming families.

The organisation has been collecting donations and rallying volunteers to transport stock and animal feed to struggling farmers for over 12 years.

The funds raised will be quickly distributed to local Lions Clubs in drought affected communities.

Runaway Bay Lions Club Community Liaison Officer, Lion Geoff Lauff, said the public can be assured their donations will make a difference.

“Through Lions incredible network of over 1300 local clubs Australia wide, we can be sure that goods will be transported quickly and the support will go to where it is most needed,” Mr Lauff said.

“As is the case with all Lions projects, every single cent raised from the public is returned to the community, and donors can be confident that all monies raised will be distributed to those doing it tough in the drought.”

Anyone who was not able to visit the centre during the appeal are still encouraged to donate via direct deposit to Runaway Bay Lions Club:

  • Heritage Bank
  • BSB: 638070
  • ACCOUNT NUMBER: 12061859