Pink bale wrap­ping was big fundraiser

Matamata Chronicle - - Rural Delivery -

Thanks to the pink bales spot­ted all around the coun­try, $23,000 is to be given to sup­port­ing women and men living with sec­ondary breast can­cer.

Ag­pac, crop pack­ag­ing sup­pli­ers, sold all 3000 kilo­me­tres of the pink wrap to farm­ers across New Zealand. A por­tion of the sales were do­nated to Sweet Louise, a char­ity that sup­ports women and men living with sec­ondary breast can­cer.

Sweet Louise chief ex­ec­u­tive Fiona Hat­ton said the new part­ner­ship with Ag­pac is help­ing to make a cru­cial dif­fer­ence to hun­dreds of New Zealan­ders.

‘‘ A sec­ondary breast can­cer di­ag­no­sis has a dev­as­tat­ing im­pact on mem­bers, their fam­ily and friends. We re­ceive no gov­ern­ment fund­ing and rely 100 per cent on dona­tions – quite sim­ply we could not keep go­ing with­out or­gan­i­sa­tions like Ag­pac,’’ Hat­ton said.

‘‘We are de­lighted the team at Ag­pac chose to sup­port Sweet Louise and we know that they ap­pre­ci­ate our grass roots ap­proach – be­ing out in the com­mu­nity and face to face with those we are help­ing.’’

Ag­pac gen­eral manager Chris Daw­son says the ini­tia­tive has been re­ally popular around the coun­try.

‘‘ The limited sup­ply of the pink silage wrap and pink and black netwrap we had this year sold very well,’’ Daw­son said.

‘‘The sup­port we have re­ceived from farm­ers, con­trac­tors and from ru­ral news­pa­pers that have picked up the story has been very grat­i­fy­ing.’’

Hat­ton said the re­sponse to the pink bales from the farm­ing com­mu­nity, the public and Sweet Louise mem­bers has been amaz­ing.

‘‘We are very grate­ful that Ag­pac came up with this idea to help Sweet Louise and we have all been hum­bled by how the farm­ing com­mu­nity has em­braced the ini­tia­tive. We want to say a big thank you to the hun­dreds of Kiwi farm­ers who have shown their sup­port and pur­chased pink wrap.’’

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