The Western Force and RugbyWA will again proudly support drought relief for Australian farmers through the National Rugby Championship’s Rural Aid Round in early October.
Rural Aid provides vital assistance and support to farmers and communities in regional areas who are facing some of the worst droughts in the country’s history. The charity is well known to the Force who last year raised funds for Rural Aid’s ‘Buy a Bale’ campaign.
The Force will host Brisbane City at UWA Sports Park in round six of the 2019 NRC competition, with supporters able to donate at the game or online.
Rugby Australia will match, dollar-for-dollar, the money collected at the grounds as well as kick start the fundraising with a five-thousand-dollar donation that will go straight to farmers in affected areas.
Rugby Australia Chief Executive, Raelene Castle said: “Regional communities are the lifeblood of the sport and so many of our participants, fans and players come from the bush.
“We wanted to show our support for the communities that have been hit hard by the drought and Rural Aid has done some incredible work assisting those communities over the past year.
“We are proud to be supporting such an important cause and we know that this initiative will be well supported by those in attendance at our NRC matches in round six.”
Rural Aid General Manager, Wayne Thomson said: “On behalf of Rural Aid, I would like to thank Rugby Australia and its supporters for their generosity towards our farmers during these unprecedented times.”
“Many of us living in a thriving city environment can find it difficult to comprehend the extent of the drought and its effect on farmers and rural communities. The realities of the harsh Australian conditions and natural disasters can be devastating on many levels.
“Recently, the number of calls Rural Aid has received from farmers and their families needing drinking water for themselves has spiked to over 50 calls a week.
“These generous donations will supply farmers with hay to feed stock, financial assistance, fresh drinking water for their families and more.”
National Rugby Championship: Rural Aid Round
Western Force v Brisbane City
UWA Sports Park, Sunday October 6 2019