Elders pink shirt invasion of Kangaroo Island for bushfire farm recovery

The visiting Elders livestock agents help fellow agent Greg Downing clean up his property after the Kangaroo Island bushfires.

The visiting Elders livestock agents help fellow agent Greg Downing clean up his property after the Kangaroo Island bushfires.

You may have noticed a couple of extra Elders utes driving around Kangaroo Island recently.

Livestock agents from Lameroo, Minlaton, Kadina, Roseworthy and Clare made the trip to KI on July 21 to help fellow agent Greg Downing clean up his bushfire affected property.

While there was much banter during the week-long working bee, the team still found time to put some money back in to local business, including a 30-person dinner at Parndana Hotel, and lunch of the famous KI whiting burgers from the Vivonne Bay store.

Elders KI branch manager Marty Kay said after an extremely close call himself, Greg Downing helped lead the recovery as a local Elders stock agent.

"Not only did he get his clients back into production, he gave them a focus rather than reflecting on the destruction that they had just witnessed," Mr Kay said.

"He has been instrumental in the planning of the rebuild of the Western Districts Sports Club and is widely regarded the heart and soul of the west end."

During the week-long visit, the Elders team managed to build a new set of sheep yards, repair a burnt out bridge, erect internal fencing, clean up debris and mark 200 lambs.

This has greatly reduced the pressure on Greg leading into his busy livestock season.

While the work was important, the camaraderie and show of support from his colleagues was not only of benefit to Greg and his family, but the entire Elders community on KI.

"Having the team over to help Greg really made us proud of working for such a great company," Mr Kay said.

"This event just happened rather than having to be manufactured. Given another time of year, we would have had five times as many people turn up, but ram sales and other activity impacted on the ability of others to attend."

The Elders company funded the staff wages, meals and travel, which was greatly appreciated.

Elders also has a staff foundation that employees contribute to, matched by the company, which enables workers to help fellow colleagues in times of need.

"Unfortunately we have had to use this more than our fair share in the past 12 months but we look forward to being able to help others when they need it most," Mr Kay said.

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