Beer donated to help farmers recover after devastating bushfires

HERE'S CHEERS: Rex D'Aquino with his company's donation of beer to help workers rebuild farm properties near Dunedoo ravaged by bushfires. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0412jkdaquino1
HERE'S CHEERS: Rex D'Aquino with his company's donation of beer to help workers rebuild farm properties near Dunedoo ravaged by bushfires. Photo: JUDE KEOGH 0412jkdaquino1

A pallet of beer and six cases of wine have been sent from Orange to raise funds to assist farmers in the Dunedoo area whose properties were ravaged by bushfires in February.

D’Aquino Group owner Rex D’Aquino organised the donation after hearing about the farmers’ plight.

Mr D’Aquino said the alcohol would be sold to raise about $10,000 for the farmers.

“They use it as a means to an end and that end is to generate money,” he said.

Mr D’Aquino said the farmers were suffering from fencing and stock losses and the loss of houses and sheds.

“It’s also a mental issue.

“Some of them have lost everything.

“I would urge other businesses to assist in helping them.”

The products were sent to the BlazeAid group, which is co-ordinating the rebuilding work at Dunedoo.

The head of BlazeAid Laurie Dawson said they had replaced 250km of fencing, but 5000km needed to be done.

“Fencing is a critical one because people have to get their stock out of agistment and back on their land,” Mr Dawson said said.