DROUGHT | Local Woolies to donate all fresh-food profits this Saturday to our farmers

AFFECTED: Back in March, John Fairley, of Country Valley Milk at nearby Picton, had to get a truckload of hay delivered every fortnight. Picture: Simon Bennett
AFFECTED: Back in March, John Fairley, of Country Valley Milk at nearby Picton, had to get a truckload of hay delivered every fortnight. Picture: Simon Bennett

WoolworthsBonnyrigg, Cabramatta, Fairfield, FairfieldHeights, LiverpoolCity and WetherillPark, and supermarkets nationwide, will donate all profits from fresh-food sales this Saturday to support our drought-affected farmers.

The money will go to Rural Aid’s Buy-a-Bale appeal.

This follows Woolies’ initial $1.5 million donation, plus further local Woolies’ fundraising, which is helping Rural Aid deliver more hay, essential items and counselling support to farmers in need.

Rural Aid chief executive CharlesAlder said: “The Australian farming community is resilient but there’s an urgent need for ongoing support for farmers who continue to do it tough in this drought.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the response of the Woolworths store teams and customers over the past week. Since the supermarket came on board as a partner with their initial $1.5 million donation and opened up fundraising channels in their stores, we’ve been able to provide more certainty to hundreds of farmers who’ve reached out to us in urgent need of feed for their livestock. Also, we’ve been able to increase counselling services for farming families in regional communities.”

Woolies’ local group manager CoreyRodziewicz said: “It’s been amazing to see our customers and team rally behind Aussie farmers affected by this drought. In less than a week, Woolworths customers have already donated over $600,000 to Buy-a-Bale through our checkouts nationwide.

“This generosity is making a real difference in rural communities and has inspired us to build our support of Rural Aid’s vital work. This Saturday we’ll donate all profits from sales of fruit and veg, meat, the chilled section, bakery and deli at Woolworths Bonnyrigg, Cabramatta, Fairfield, Fairfield Heights, Liverpool City and Wetherill Park, plus supermarkets nationwide and online, to support farmers doing it tough in the drought.”

Fresh-food department profits donated on Saturday will help Rural Aid fund more livestock feed for farmers, household supplies and counselling.

Mr Alder said: “This further boost to funding this Saturday will have a significant impact on the long-term support we’re giving farmers in drought-affected regions.”

Fairfield and Liverpool customers can also donate to Buy-a-Bale in local Woolies stores, at metro and petrol stores and Woolies online. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible and 100 per cent of the funds goes to Rural Aid.

This weekend Woolies are spotlighting Australian produce, with Fresh Fairs offering customers a range of fresh products to sample across fruit and veg, deli, bakery, seafood and meat.

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