Port of Brisbane’s 2017-18 staff charity, Rural Aid Australia, has today received a cheque for $17,200, to be used in its efforts to support farmers and rural businesses in tough times.
Half of the donation was raised directly by staff through a series of fundraisers, with every dollar matched by the Port of Brisbane.
Chief Executive Officer Roy Cummins congratulated his team on their commitment to community giving.
“At the Port of Brisbane, we serve areas well beyond metropolitan Brisbane, including rural areas across northern NSW and throughout Queensland,” Mr Cummins said.
“We know that farmers can do it tough from time to time, which is why I was so pleased when our staff chose Rural Aid as their 2017-18 charity.
“As well as numerous fundraisers at the Port and other events, we also sent a team of volunteers to Lockyer Valley in May to participate in one of Rural Aid’s Farm Rescue days.
“Rural Aid do an incredible job, and at the Port of Brisbane we are proud to have supported them through our staff charity program.”
Rural Aid CEO Charles Adler thanked the Port of Brisbane for their support.
“Its organisations like the Port of Brisbane who, through their generosity, enable us to provide frontline support to farmers doing it tough,” Mr Adler said.
“I’d like to thank the Port of Brisbane and all their staff who contributed to the fundraising.”
About Rural Aid Australia:
Rural Aid provides assistance to relieve the poverty, illness, distress or significant and unforeseeable disadvantage of rural based individuals and families who are or have been, adversely affected by acts of God (natural disasters).
Rural Aid provides support via a number of programs for rural families and communities across Australia.
Rural Aid began as ‘Buy a Bale’ in June 2013 in response to the plight of Australian farmers who were forced to destroy livestock and were losing their livelihood as a result of the drought.
The Buy a Bale Program provides meaningful support for farmers by delivering hay, funds and other essential items to farmers who have no feed left for their stock.
To date, Rural Aid Australia has delivered in excess of $3 million of fodder and goods to farmers across Australia.