Shirts to support our Aussie farmers in these tough times
TWO Biloela mates are doing their bit to help those battling with the drought that is covering most of the east coast of Australia.
About 18 months ago Eugene Petty and Dave Maas launched their own clothing business, Aegir Apparel, selling lightweight fishing shirts.
Last month they released a pre-order line of polo shirtsdesigned specifically to raise awareness about the drought.
Proceeds from the sale of the shirts will go to the Buy a Bale Rural Aid Charity.
Aegir Apparel is the result of Mr Maas and Mr Petty's involvement in fishing competitions.
The Batchfire Callide mine workers' were designing and creating shirts to wear during the competitions and decided to offer them for sale.
The pair have created shirts for companies and sporting clubs and now with some experience under their belt, they are keen to give something back to the community.
"We are trying to do our little bit,” Mr Petty said.
He said the shirts were a good way of raising awareness about the impact of the drought.
"Anybody could do their little bit,” he said.
"People walking down the street can see it and think "oh, Buy a Bale”, that is supporting charity.
"It doesn't cost a lot and it does support charity,” he said.
And the best part of all, people get something in return for their money.
The drought-relief shirts were released late last month.
DROUGHT RELIEF POLO:
Proceeds going to Buy a Bale charity
100 per cent polyester, lightweight, UPF 40, moisture wicking and breathable
$55 each, postage included. Pre-order ends September 25 Delivery is expected in 4-6 weeks
As of Tuesday morning, Aegir Apparel had received 156 shirt orders from all over Australia including Western Australia and Northern Territory.
The shirts are a pre-order item and orders will close on Tuesday, September 25.
Production will begin on September 26 for the once-off print run and delivery is expected in four to six weeks.
The shirts are lightweight, moisture wicking, UPF 40 and 100 per cent polyester.
The drought is a subject close to home for both of the Central Queensland men.
"It is very dry, you don't have to travel far to see people struggling,” Mr Petty said.
A few weeks ago, they had a stall at the Rocky Home Show and a farmer from Theodore came over to shake their hand.
"He said 'thank you for raising money for charity',” Mr Petty said.
"Just that one person made us realise why we do it, it is helping people.
"We all benefit from farmers, they put food on our table.
"Without them we would struggle.
"If we can't look after our own who would we look after.”