NSW drought: Businesses band together to help drought-affected farmers

KEEN TO HELP: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer and Blayney Community Baptist Church pastor Brad Hewitt. Photo: SUPPLIED 090418drought2
KEEN TO HELP: Rural Aid ambassador Grant Denyer and Blayney Community Baptist Church pastor Brad Hewitt. Photo: SUPPLIED 090418drought2

A GROUP of business owners have joined forces to help support drought-affected farmers across the region.

The widespread drought has impacted farmers and businesses across the region so Barry man Dean Martin has joined forces with Blayney Community Baptist Church to come up with a plan to help.

The duo approached businesses across Bathurst, Blayney and Orange to get them involved and so far 18 have joined up to help out.

Coleman’s Bathurst is among the retailers taking part, and spokesman Stephen McDonogh said they donated five hay bales to the fundraiser.

“Farming is intricately involved with the community and if they’re suffering we’re all suffering,” he said.

Blayney Pharmacy is also involved and owner Quynh Nguyen said they will donate $2 from every $20 spent in store.

There is also a money box in the store for customers to make a donation.

“It’s just good for the town that we’re a part of. We need to support the community,” Ms Nguyen said.

KEEN TO HELP: Colemans Office Products’ Monty Giovenco and Stephen McDonogh, Rural Aid founder Charles Adler and ambassador Grant Denyer, Blayney Community Baptist Church pastor Brad Hewitt, Rural Aid founder Tracy Alder and Blayney Pharmacy Quynh Nguyen. Photo: SUPPLIED 090718drought1

KEEN TO HELP: Colemans Office Products’ Monty Giovenco and Stephen McDonogh, Rural Aid founder Charles Adler and ambassador Grant Denyer, Blayney Community Baptist Church pastor Brad Hewitt, Rural Aid founder Tracy Alder and Blayney Pharmacy Quynh Nguyen. Photo: SUPPLIED 090718drought1

Mr Martin said the fundraiser would run until October 30 and Blayney Community Baptist Church pastor Brad Hewitt has been tasked with collating the funds raised.

“It’s a great opportunity for the community to see what people are doing and what churches are doing,” Pastor Hewitt said.

Retailers who are helping farmers:

  • Blayney Hi Grade Meats – Hay bales donated
  • Westside Petroleum Blayney – Hay bales donated plus in-store money box for donations
  • Michael Baker Automotive – Hay bales donated plus in-store money box for donations
  • Tyrepower Blayney – In-store money box for donations
  • Blayney Meats - Hay Bales
  • Ironbark Espresso Bar – Hay bales donated plus in-store money box for donations
  • Hill and Crofts CRT – In-store money box for donations
  • Kennedy Real Estate – In-store money box for donations
  • Barry Tate Quality Building Supplies – Hay bales donated plus in-store money box for donations
  • Blayney Newsagency – In-store money box for donations
  • Stihl Shop Blayney – Donation to fundraiser, plus in-store money box for customer donations
  • Dapper Chocolates, Blayney – In-store money box for donations
  • Blayney Veterinary Hospital – In-store money box for donations
  • Miskells Bi-Rite Electrical – In-store money box for donations
  • Commonwealth Bank Blayney - In-store money box for donations
  • Harvey Norman Orange - Donation to fundraiser