Monday 8 October 2018
Subject: Fitzy & Wippa and Bendigo Bank join Rural Aid’s Mega Farm Rescue in Forbes 2018.
The Nova Network, along with the rest of Australia, have been touched by the horrific plight farmers are currently facing due to the ongoing drought. Over the past few months, Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa have talked to some of the families affected. They were so inspired by their stories that the team wanted to help.
Nova has partnered with Bendigo Bank to support Rural Aid’s efforts by collecting over $110,000 which is being used to support the Forbes Mega Farm Rescue program. Rural Aid has organised for the money to go towards helping those who need it most and have ralled 200 volunteers to help 14 farms for a week in the Forbes area.
Fitzy, Wippa and the Nova 96.9 breakfast team will join the volunteers to help the various farms. Fitzy & Wippa will also provide on air support with an outside breakfast broadcast on Thursday 18 October from the showgrounds in the town.
Fitzy & Wippa said “We and the Nova gang can’t wait to get down to the Forbes area and help in anyway we can. We’re looking forward to meeting some of the farmers and familes and letting them know that the rest of the country are behind them. It had been a pleasure to partner with the team at Bendigo Bank and Rural Aid on such a worthy project as this.”
Bendigo Bank NSW/ACT State Manager, Kylie Douglass said, “I am pleased to announce that Nova is partnering with us so we can work together to help communities suffering. Together we will generously add more than $110,000 to this cause, with close to $70,000 of that pledged by our network of community-owned branches.
“The program is a great demonstration of what can happen when like-minded organisations, committed to doing good, work together. Through collaboration of this kind we can leverage all of the money available and really make a sustainable difference,” she said.
Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder said, having Fitzy and Wippa and the Bendigo Bank team come on board means the Farm Rescue event will allow us to improve the lives of these multiple farming families and pump valuable dollars into the local community to support businesses doing it tough. The Farm Rescue program involves volunteers pitching in and doing jobs many farmers don’t have the time or money to do and helps improve morale and living conditions of those who help clothe and feed us. this through fodder, hampers and more. Listeners can donate money to Rural Aid or you can go online and register to volunteer at www.ruralaid.org.au