Club Taree and southern Sydney’s Club Rivers have formed a partnership to support Aussie farming families by providing livestock feed, cupboard stock and practical items.
The campaign will see Club Taree donate up to 120 bales of hay sourced from ‘unused’ golf land at Club Taree to help feed and support livestock, while Club Rivers, located in southern Sydney, will drive the donation of goods to help Aussie farming families keep their cupboards stocked.
The campaign seeks to combine the need to of livestock and families.
The partnership was established over a phone call between Club Taree CEO Morgan Stewart and Club Rivers CEO Stuart Jamieson.
Both clubs are collecting financial support and practical donations from members and the wider community. A list of preferred and much needed pantry items can be found on the website of each club, through their social media accounts, or at club reception. Monetary donations along with the donation of pantry items is the most practical support that locals can offer in support of this campaign.
“Club Taree has followed the stories of our Aussie farming families out west who are suffering unimaginable hardship due to the drought,” Morgan Stewart said.
“We wanted to contribute in a practical sense, which would allow for genuine support to reach those in need. Everyday conversation with our members and community focus on what can be done to support our farming friends out west.”
The clubs have aligned with Rural Aid and its Buy a Bale Campaign, which will coordinate transport and distribution on behalf of both clubs.
Rural Aid was founded in 2015 to provide a holistic support program to rural Australia. Rural Aid coordinates a number of initiatives from Buy a Bale, to Hampers to Help, Under the Stars and the Man Hug Movement.
Since announcing the partnership both clubs have been humbled by the support from their members, suppliers and local communities who have all asked “How can we help?”
The campaign has been supported by local State MP Stephen Bromhead who said “the Manning Valley has a long and proud farming history and in difficult times like these, a community with a generous heart is so important.”
The campaign will culminate on Monday, August 27, when Club Taree will host the convoy departure with a community barbecue and fundraising. The event will be open to all members of the community.