Community rally to feed fire affected horses and stock on Kangaroo Island

Supporting Horses: Geoff Pannell pictured with Rise Relief Centre horse Digger, is coordinating a relief effort to get stock to fire affected horses on Kangaroo Island.
Supporting Horses: Geoff Pannell pictured with Rise Relief Centre horse Digger, is coordinating a relief effort to get stock to fire affected horses on Kangaroo Island.

A group of passionate, horse enthusiasts are coordinating a swift relief effort to get feed to fire-affected horses and stock on Kangaroo Island.

The idea was sparked by Inman Valley man Geoff Pannell, who is well known in the South Australian horse community and is a member of the Barossa Light Horse Historical Association.

So far, over 130 bags of chaff and more than 20 hard feed mixes have been taken to the Island, with more pledged - over $3000 worth and counting.

Mr Pannell put the call out for donations this week, and has since personally delivered the aid, before evacuating a number of horses requiring treatment.

He is being supported in this effort by City of Victor Harbor councillor Bryan Littlely, who is aiding in coordination efforts.

Mr Littlely has offered up his Back Valley property where he runs the equine Rise Relief Centre as a place of refuge for horses in need.

The effort is also being supported by a number of Fleurieu businesses and homes, who are offering up their land to care for horses.

"There is an absolute and immediate need for feed for horses and other stock on Kangaroo Island," said Mr Littlely.

"We know the horse community and wider Fleurieu are willing to chip in and help out in these terrible circumstances."

Mr Littlely organised feed drop off points at Inman Valley and Victor Harbor on January 11 and 12 and said many community members made generous donations.

To assist, visit Stock Feeds R Us on Mayfield Terrace, Victor Harbor and purchase feed in the name of the donation drive, which will be transported to Kangaroo Island as soon as possible.

Donation purchases of feed can also be made at FPAG outlets in Victor Harbor, Yankalilla, Mount Compass and Strathalbyn.

Livestock SA who have been coordinating relief on Kangaroo Island will also ensure any donated feed makes it to those who need it most.

A donation specific bank account is currently being set up and Mr Littlely said a "big community fundraiser" was also in the works, with details to be released shortly.