SOME of Aussie basketball’s all-time greats have jumped aboard three-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic’s campaign to raise funds for the nation’s drought-stricken farmers.

CHAMPION: Newcastle's three-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic celebrates after winning last season's WNBL title for Townsville Fire. Picture: AAP
CHAMPION: Newcastle's three-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic celebrates after winning last season's WNBL title for Townsville Fire. Picture: AAP

AN array of Australian basketball’s all-time greats have jumped aboard three-time Olympian Suzy Batkovic’s campaign to raise funds for the nation’s drought-stricken farmers. 

Batkovic, the Newcastle born-and-bred veteran who captains WNBL champions Townsville FIre, has launched her own Buy A Bale page to provide starving livestock with truckloads of hay.

Within days, she has already raised almost $11,500 and attracted donations from superstars like Andrew Bogut, Lauren Jackson and Michelle Timms.

Each truckload of hay, plus diesel, costs $5500, and Batkovic said her goal was to fund “as many as possible”.

“I just wanted to help and make a difference,” she said.

“We’re onto our third truck now and I’m so grateful for the support. The drought is a crisis, a national disaster, and it’s been heart-breaking for so many good, hard-working people.

“I’m just hoping that with my platform I can raise awareness and help these people continue to put the food on our tables.”

Batkovic’s Buy A Bale page can be accessed online via Facebook, or her Twitter and Instagram profiles.

More than $1.7 million has flowed into The Big Dry Drought Appeal since February to help farmers across NSW survive the unprecedented conditions.

The appeal is a partnership between Fairfax Media, Macquarie Radio and charity Buy A Bale and the funds are going out as quickly as they are coming in.  The appeal has Buy A Bale campaigns in the Hunter, New England-North West, Western NSW and Southern NSW. It also has one in Queensland.

The Newcastle Herald, Maitland Mercury, Dungog Chronicle, Scone Advocate and Hunter Valley News started the Buy A Bale Hunter campaign with the charity in February.