Sydney's generosity helps State's drought stricken farmers
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More than $90,000 has been distributed to drought affected families across the State through the generosity of Sydney residents that have supported the Rainy Day fundraising committee.
NSW Minister for Primary Industries Ian Macdonald today paid tribute to the efforts of the Rainy Day committee, and Sydney residents who have opened their hearts - and wallets - to help those dealing with the drought’s impact.
"Rainy Day is a new fundraising organisation that is made up of a young group of Sydney-based women who are determined to do their bit to raise not just funds, but also a better awareness of the impact this drought is having in rural NSW," he said.
"Through support from their corporate sponsors and community partners, including the Salvation Army, Department of Primary Industries, NSW Farmers Association, Royal Agricultural Society and The Land, Rainy Day has raised more than $120,000 in their first year of operation.
Minister Macdonald also acknowledged the support of popular singer and former Condobolin farmer Shannon Noll, who is the charity’s Ambassador.
Shannon Noll said he was keen to do whatever he could to help raise money for those communities still dealing with the financial and emotional pressures of drought.
"I am actually dedicating my latest single, ‘Everybody needs a little help sometime’ to drought affected families, and want to encourage everyone to keep supporting Rainy Day’s work," he said.
Minister Macdonald said the group’s efforts to date included the distribution of $80,000 in $500 cheques to families identified as being in need.
"In addition, they are distributing funding grants to community groups who are coordinating Farm Family Gathering-style events and other rural community activities," Mr Macdonald said.
"The reality is almost 50% of the State remains in the grip of drought - and that figure represents a lot of families and rural businesses that are doing it tough.
"I applaud the work of Rainy Day to date, and encourage their sponsors, supporters and the Sydney community to keep playing their part in helping their efforts at future events, or simply by making a donation through www.rainyday.org.au ."
Rainy Day committee President Roz Escott-Gregory said the committee had been inspired by support received to date and looked forward to continuing their efforts.
"We feel Rainy Day is a way to bridge that gap that often exists between the city and the bush, and help create better understanding of drought’s impact," she said.
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