Outback town Stanthorpe battling drought gets massive water and hay donation from Muslim community

Mail Online | 11/4/2019 | Nic White For Daily Mail Australia
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A drought-stricken town just weeks away from running out of water has received a huge emergency supply package from Australia's Muslim community.

About 200,000 litres of water and 130 tonnes of hay bales arrived in Stanthorpe, Queensland, on 20 trucks on this weekend to the joy of local farmers.

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The delivery was organised by Muslim Aid Australia drawing on donations from thousands of individuals and companies across the country.

'There are cattle dying, horses dying or they have to be sold because they don't have any hay bales to eat or water to drink,' MAA spokesman Riyaad Ally said.

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Jubilant locals were seen welcoming the delivery trucks as they arrived and rushing to help unload the hay bales from trailers.

'It was unbelievable, the locals couldn't believe how much the trucks brought in and they couldn't thank us enough,' Mr Ally said.

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'Everyone was excited and emotional and everyone from the town and dozens of volunteers turned up to help. There was even a barbeque.'

Donors included local mosques, Muslim businesses, and organisations and everyday people as far away as Turkey and Britain.

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'People from all walks of life have turned up, and it's been amazing the support we've been getting throughout the journey,' Mr Ally said.

'We've had strangers wave...
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