LEETON shire groups, businesses and organisations are throwing their support behind the nation’s drought-affected farmers.
Several are holding fundraisers, with many businesses also donating some of their profits to the cause.
The entire state of NSW is now impacted by drought, official figures show.
A drier-than-expected June and July has left many farmers with failing crops, a short supply of water and diminishing livestock feed.
According to the Department of Primary Industries, 61 per cent of NSW is either in drought or intense drought, while nearly 39 per cent is drought affected.
“This is tough," NSW Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair said in a statement on Wednesday. There isn’t a person in the state that isn’t hoping to see some rain for our farmers and regional communities."
Among those putting their money where their mouth is:
- The Wade Hotel is donating $1 for every parmigiana sold from August 8 to September 9 as part of the “parma for a farmer” campaign.
- Woolworths will this Saturday be donating profits from the sale of its fresh fruit and vegetables.
- Xplore Radiology will donate $5 to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners throughout this month for every CT scan performed at its Leeton and Griffith offices.
- Leeton Preschool is participating in "fiver for a farmer" all children will be encouraged to dress as a farmer all week from August 13 and donate $5.
- The Village is also participating in “parma for a farmer”, donating $1 from every parma sold to Buy a Bale of Hay – Make a Difference to Australian Farming Families. The promotion will run for a month.
- Yanco Lions Club will be holding a garage sale to support drought-affected farmers.
- Golden Apple Super Store weight loss challenge, which will run for 12 weeks. All proceeds will go to the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners. Open to community members.
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