Woolworths supermarkets in the Southern Highlands will throw their support behind drought-affected farmers.
All profits from sales in the fresh department at Woolworths Bowral, Mittagong and Tahmoor this Saturday, August 11, will be donated to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale appeal in support of farmers impacted by the drought.
It is part of a nationwide campaign by the supermarket group.
It follows Woolworths’ initial $1.5 million donation, plus further Woolworths Bowral, Mittagong West and Tahmoor fundraising, which is helping Rural Aid deliver more hay, essential items and counselling support services to farmers in need.
Charles Alder Rural Aid CEO said “the Australian farming community is a resilient one, but there is an urgent need for ongoing support for farmers who continue to do it tough during 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 have reached out to us in urgent need of feed for their livestock. Additionally we’ve been able to increase vital counselling services available for farming families in regional communities,” he said.
Woolworths Bowral, Mittagong West and Tahmoor operations manager, John Maloney said “it’s been amazing to see our customers and team rally behind Aussie farmers impacted by this drought.”
“In less than a week, Woolworths customers nationally have already donated in excess of $600,000 for Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale appeal through our checkouts nationwide,” he said.
“This generosity is making a real difference in rural communities, and has inspired us to build on our support of Rural Aid’s vital work.
“On top of the $1.5 million commitment Woolworths made last week, we’ll be donating all fresh department profits this Saturday to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale appeal at our supermarkets.
“This means all profits from sales of fruit and veg, meat, the chilled section, bakery and deli at Woolworths Bowral, Mittagong West and Tahmoor, supermarkets nationwide and online this Saturday will help support farmers doing it tough because of the drought.”
Fresh department profits donated on August 11 will help Rural Aid to fund more stock livestock feed for farmers, household supplies and counselling services.
Mr Alder said the the “further boost to funding this Saturday will have a significant impact on the long term support we are going to be able to provide farmers in drought affected regions.”
Southern Highlands customers can also donate to the Buy a Bale appeal in store at Woolworths Bowral, Mittagong West and Tahmoor, or any other Woolworths, Woolworths Metro or Woolworths Petrol store, as well as Woolworths Online. All donations over $2 are tax deductible and 100 per cent of the funds go to Rural Aid.
This weekend Woolworths will also put a spotlight on Australian produce, with Fresh Fairs in Woolworths Bowral, Mittagong West and Tahmoor offering customers a great range of fresh products to sample across fruit and veg, deli, bakery, seafood and meat.