CWA and Woolworths reach out to farmers
Thursday, 31st January, 2008
As farmers continue to struggle under the pressure of the drought, Woolworths and the Country Women's Association are again joining up to give them a hand. On Drought Action Day 2008 all profits from every Woolworths supermarket in Australia will be donated to the CWA to distribute to farming families.
"On Friday, February 15th we will raise funds again for the CWA because the drought is still ravaging Australia and we still have a long way to go in getting the farming sector back on it's feet," said Woolworths CEO Michael Luscombe.
"So many people came into our stores on Drought Action Day last year to do their shopping as their way of helping to raise funds for farmers in need. This and many other donations helped make Drought Action Day the largest ever donation to the CWA."
CWA NSW State President, Margaret Roberts, said that while there has been flooding in some areas, there has been no relief for many. "While the Hunter and coastal areas of NSW have received much needed rain, most of the regional and rural areas missed out," she said.
"I have heard some very sad stories of NSW farmers borrowing money to buy seed in anticipation of the rain, but the predicted weather by-passed the farms."
"Steady, consistent rains are required over most of Australia to replenish dams and provide fertile soil."
Debt in the farm sector was $45 billion in 2007, with average farm losses averaging $59800. Our farmers are still doing it really tough and we need to show them that, as a nation, we support them.
"By helping with immediate financial relief, we are able to provide some vital support to our farming families to get them through the year." Last year's Drought Action Day raised more than $4.7 million and helped more than 2500 farming families across Australia.