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Save your big weekly grocery shop for Saturday and you’ll help farmers in Wollondilly and across Australia.
All profits from sales of fruit and vegetables, meat, the chilled section, bakery and deli at Woolworths supermarkets nationwide on Saturday, August 11, will be donated to Rural Aid’s Buy a Bale appeal.
Local Woolworths stores are located in Campbelltown Mall, Macarthur Square, Campbelltown Marketfair, Rosemeadow, Eagle Vale, Minto and Ingleburn.
It follows Woolworths’ initial $1.5 million donation, plus further Woolworths Tahmoor fundraising, which is helping Rural Aid deliver more hay, essential items and counselling support services to farmers in need.
The Dilly Drought Drive has now partnered with Rural Aid and under its Buy a Bale scheme, assistance will be provided to farmers in Macarthur and Wingecarribee.
Rural Aid executive officer Charles Alder said the Australian farming community was a resilient one but there was 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,” he said.
“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.
“This 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.”
A Woolworths spokewoman said it had been amazing to see 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,” she 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.
Wollondilly customers can also donate to the Buy a Bale appeal in store at Woolworths 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% of the funds go to Rural Aid.