Stud breeder using photography to help drought affected
WHEN Tom Nixon first had the idea of creating a calender for charity, he never knew just how much it would grow.
The south-west Queensland grazier has been raising money for Drought Angels, a cause helping those affected by natural disasters, for the past few years but he said he thinks year's effort will be his biggest yet.
Mr Nixon has decided to turn his passion for photography into a calender, and after his story featured in Rural Weekly, he said the response has been mind-blowing.
"It's been amazing to see the idea I had grow into what it is now,” he said.
"I've had an overwhelming response from people and even in the past 12 hours I've had six people call up wanting to help by placing an ad in the calender.”
Mr Nixon's first fundraising effort saw him raise around $2000 to shave off his beard and then the year after that he raised $5000 by not drinking for the whole of December.
"Last year I raised money by not drinking for a month, which is unheard of for me,” he joked.
"But each year I've set the bar higher and I think this year's effort will blow them out of the water.”
Mr Nixon said his passion for helping families on the land has stemmed from his own experiences.
His family own the stud Devon Court in Drillham, where they breed herefords.
In between organising the fundraising calendar, Mr Nixon has also had his hands full organising an upcoming sale.
"We haven't had a bull sale for the past few decades but we're organising to have one on the property this year,” he said.
"My family always ask 'do you have time for this?' whenever I come up with my fundraising ideas but I make it work.”
If you would like to get involved with the calender you can do so by buying ads or, for a bit of fun, you can buy individual dates.
"You can buy a day and write anything you want on it, as long as it's family friendly,” he said.
"So you can put a friend's birthday or yours and your girlfriends' anniversary.”
Visit the Facebook page Drought Angels Charity Calender for more details.