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Grays Point community can't save the world but hope to save one farmer

The Grays Point community is getting behind an unusual but very practical drought relief initiative.

They have "adopted" a family who live near Coonabarrabran area in the state's central west and are fighting to save their farm.

The farmers' plight is urgent because, without assistance before the end of October, they will have to sell their remaining stock.

Grayzing Point Cafe owner Debbie Bremner started the Adopt a Farmer campaign after being put in contact with a woman who called a radio station to talk about the impact of the drought in her area.

"She is humbled by what we are doing," Ms Bremner said.

"I am sure there are thousands like her and her husband.

"We can't save the world, but maybe we can save this one farm.

"If we are successful, other communities might be encouraged to do the same thing."

A benefit will be held at the cafe for Saturday, October 19, with activities for children during the day followed by an evening and night-time event for adults.

Donations are also being sought and business sponsorship packages are available.

"Our goal is to raise $15,000, but I would like to get to $20,000 because that will feed their cows for the next four months," Ms Bremner said.

"It costs $13,000 for a semi trailer load of hay and $7000 for transport."

Ms Bremner said major charities were doing all they could, "but the relief is spread too thinly".

"As a community we would like to change this family's lives and show them that, not only do we need our farmers and want to support them for our own benefit, but also that we care about them."

A flyer says the family are third generation on the property, on which family members are buried.

"The township in the area is on Level 4 water restrictions, with less than 19 per cent town water supply left,' the flyer says.

"The farms surrounding this township have no water left in their dams.

"No water for their stock also means no hydration or feed and ultimately death to stock unless costly water and food supplies are brought in.

"Our farmer has had to sell two thirds of their stock at prices way below actual value to cover costs and purchase food and water in order to sustain the remaining third of their stock.

"This food and water will last less than four weeks.

"The remaining third of the stock is their only chance of breeding for the future, but they are dying daily.

"The people are washing in bore water, which has its own health adversities.

"With no rain forecast, no food will grow and stock won't feed or drink, which will force this farmer to sell a century-long bloodline of stock and ultimately the property and resting place of their family.

"This will occur in the coming two months.

"As a community, let's do what we can to save this farm."