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■ The Na­tional Farm­ers’ Fed­er­a­tion, Chan­nel 9 and Ro­tary Aus­tralia have launched a na­tional fundrais­ing drive to sup­port droughtaf­fected farm­ing fam­i­lies. To find out more or to do­nate to the 2018 Drought Re­lief Fund, visit ■ Com­mon­wealth Bank will do­nate a to­tal of $2 mil­lion, in­clud­ing $1.75 mil­lion as part of a na­tional fundrais­ing ap­peal with the Aus­tralian Red Cross, and $250 000 to sup­port Ru­ral Aid’s Buy a Bale pro­gram. ■ The Aus­tralian Red Cross is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions through the Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ap­peal. Do­na­tions can be made on­line at red­ or by call­ing 1800 RED CROSS or by do­nat­ing in per­son at a Com­mon­wealth Bank branch. ■ Coles has pledged to pro­vide $5 mil­lion in grants and in­ter­est-free loans to help farm­ers across Aus­tralia com­bat drought. Cus­tomers can also do­nate funds to the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion drought re­lief ef­fort at any Coles check­out. To ap­ply for a Coles Nur­ture Fund grant or loan, go to­ture­fund ■ Domi­nos has an­nounced it will do­nate 50¢ from ev­ery pizza sold across Aus­tralia on Wed­nes­day, Au­gust 8, from 4 pm to 9 pm to Ru­ral Aid. Domi­nos’ own reg­is­tered char­ity, Give for Good, will also do­nate an ad­di­tional $40 000. ■ ANZ is do­nat­ing $500 000 to Fi­nan­cial Coun­selling Aus­tralia to dis­trib­ute to ru­ral coun­selling agen­cies work­ing in drought-af­fected ar­eas and $500 000 to the Foun­da­tion for Ru­ral and Re­gional Re­newal to help drought-af­fected com­mu­ni­ties. ■ Parma for a Farmer ini­tia­tives have kicked off across the coun­try, with pubs and ho­tels pledg­ing $1 for ev­ery parma sold to Buy a Bale, rais­ing money to buy feed for stock.

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