Harvey Hay Run volunteers collecting items for bushfire victims

On the road: Steve Rose, Jim Grapes, Danny Jameson, Tom Rose, Bel Hall, and Joe Hall. Photo: Thomas Munday.
On the road: Steve Rose, Jim Grapes, Danny Jameson, Tom Rose, Bel Hall, and Joe Hall. Photo: Thomas Munday.

South-West community members are pitching in to help those affected by the catastrophic bushfires in the eastern states.

After seeing the devastation on TV and social media, event co-ordinators Bel and Joe Hall came up with the idea for the Harvey Hay Run.

Over the past week, local farmers and businesses have donated hay bales to support the cause.

Truckloads of hay bales have been transported to the Rosemya property in Brunswick, owned by Tom Rose.

Biosecurity experts will ensure that each and every hay bale meets the required standards.

Harvey Hay Run volunteers have also collected clothing, linen, bedding, and smaller emergency supplies.

With help from local volunteer bush fire brigades, the group held a sausage sizzle at the Cookernup Hall on January 12.

Through its GoFundMe page, the campaign has so far raised more than $7,600.

Thanking the volunteers and donors involved, the group will host a barbecue at Rosemya on Thursday evening.

On January 17, the hay bales and other items will be transported from Brunswick to the Eurobodalla Shire, in New South Wales.

Mrs Hall commended the South West community for their incredible efforts and overwhelming generosity.

"We will be taking more than 2000 hay bales of various sizes - it's quite a substantial amount. All of the bales have been donated by WA farmers," she said.

"It's amazing to see so many people contribute to the cause. The campaign has resonated with so many farmers, business owners etc."

After reaching their destination, the Halls will be staying for two weeks to provide assistance.