When the country is hit by snow and floods, town people often mobilise to help with the clean up.
The Farmy Army is returning many past favours by taking people power, tools and machinery to Christchurch to help with the earthquake recovery effort.
The student Volunteer Army is doing an amazing job of recruiting and mobilising volunteers to help in the city but many of the recruits aren’t used to the physical demands of the work.
Farmers have diggers and tractors to move the mountains of dirt and silt and are accustomed to the heavy physical work which must be done where machinery can’t be used.
(RivettingKate Taylor has a photo here).
CRT and Federated Farmers are taking bus loads up from North Otago to join the recovery effort tomorrow.
North Otago Young Farmers has another way farmers can help. They are asking for donations of stock to be sold at the Waiareka sale on Monday with all proceeds going to the earthquake appeal.
Sometimes the gulf between rural and urban New Zealand seems unbridgeable but when it really counts, we are all there for each other.
It’s not just New Zealanders, either. Steve Wyn-Harris who flew down from Hawkes Bay to help found an American who had got airpoints from friends to fly to San Francisco then took out a loan to fly to Auckland and flew south to join the recovery effort. Steve introduced him to Jamie MacKay on the Farming Show today.