The Commonwealth Bank, 2GB, two daily papers and the NSW Farmers Association today launched the ‘We’re For The Bush Appeal’ which aims to alleviate the suffering of drought-stricken farmers in NSW.
Following over two years of dry weather in north-west NSW, more than half of the state is now in drought. Last week the NSW State Government announced additional emergency measures on top of those announced in November last year.
In the coming days and weeks the public will be encouraged … to enter any branch of the Commonwealth Bank where they can donate to the appeal.
“We know that farming can be a tough business, especially during a drought. We want to do our bit for those farmers who may need a little bit of help at the moment. That’s why we’re proud to get behind the ‘We’re for The Bush’ drought appeal” says Ian Narev, chief executive of Commonwealth Bank of Australia
All proceeds will go to the Salvation Army which will distribute vouchers that farmers can redeem for food at IGA Supermarkets and fodder at CRT Country Stores.
“We understand that farmers in NSW are doing it tough at the moment and it is very sad that our own food producers are the ones who can’t afford to put food on their own table.
“Metcash and its independently-owned IGA NSW stores today pledged to help 150 farming families with its own donation of $15,000 to the We’re For the Bush Appeal” says Fergus Collins, chief executive of Metcash Food & Grocery.
A series of events will take place later this week, and the Appeal will stay open for a number of weeks. More details will be announced in the coming days.