Nine drought appeal tops $1 million

Nine’s Fighting for our Farmers Drought Relief Appeal has now raised $1,086,743 since its launch on Thursday morning.

Across the weekend, viewers from around Australia have opened their hearts and their wallets to support our drought-weary farmers, who are experiencing the driest winter on record.

Nine Chief Executive Officer, Hugh Marks, said, “It’s truly inspiring to see how Australians have rallied together to show their support for the drought-affected farmers and farming communities who are doing it tough. To surpass the magic million in just a few days is an astounding achievement and a true testament to the Aussie spirit. We thank you.

“I’d also like to thank the dedicated Nine staff, right across the country, who have given their time to man the appeal phones. We want the farmers to know that our support for them, and our relief appeal to raise desperately needed funds, continues.”

National Farmers’ Federation President, Fiona Simson, said, “As each day passes without significant rainfall, the situation for our farmers is getting tougher. Fodder is getting more difficult to source, farmers are having to make tough decisions about whether they continue to feed livestock or sell. Farm and household water supplies are drying up. Financial commitments are becoming harder to meet.

“The NFF is now focussed on seeing that the money donated gets to our farmers on the ground to provide the help they need most.”

Today will broadcast live from Tamworth NSW and Dirranband Qld today.

Donations can be made via todayshow.com.au, 1800 732 165 .

2 Comments:

  1. I think Mr Turnbull should pull out his chequebook. he was fine donating $1 million to the LNP.. A lot of the farmers are saying $12,000 will not even pay for one lot of feed… and they only get $6k at a time… have to wait until March for the second payment. I think we need a farming Levy. I would be behind that.

  2. Maev....Sydney

    So glad there are people raising money and acknowledging farmers are in strife…Keep donating…although great…a lot more is needed….Thank you for posting the story DK.

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