HOW THE COUNTRY HAS RESPONDED
■ 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 www.rawcs.org.au ■ 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 redcross.org.au/drought 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 to www.coles.com.au/nurturefund ■ 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.