A let­ter from Prince of Wales

Euroa Gazette - - AGRICULTURAL NEWS -

A GROUP of wool­grow­ers from around the Strath­bo­gie re­gion have been sent some words of sup­port from his royal high­ness, The Prince of Wales.

The let­ters were sent out to wool­grow­ers around Aus­tralia just over a week ago, in which the Prince ad­dressed the ter­ri­ble drought sea­son many wool­grow­ers are go­ing through.

“As a sheep farmer my­self,I can­not be­gin to imag­ine the an­guish that those of you who have been af­fected by this cli­matic tragedy must be fac­ing,” he said.

“While I was re­lieved to learn that some lim­ited rain­fall has re­cently re­turned to ar­eas of the coun­try, I sin­cerely hope this wel­come devel­op­ment con­tin­ues be­fore the sum­mer heats re­turn.

“Mean­while, I am pray­ing for the heav­ens to open and send you all my kind­est and most sym­pa­thetic wishes.”

The Prince of Wales has been a strong ad­vo­cate for wool­grow­ers in Aus­tralia, hav­ing his own world­wide “Cam­paign for Wool”.

The cam­paign aims to in to raise aware­ness amongst con­sumers about the unique, nat­u­ral, re­new­able and biodegrad­able ben­e­fits of­fered by the fi­bre.

Say­ing in his let­ter “Please be as­sured that my Cam­paign for wool will con­tinue to do ev­ery­thing it can to sup­port the Aus­tralia wool grow­ing com­mu­nity, not only through­out th­ese dif­fi­cult times but, per­haps more im­por­tant, in the fu­ture when the grow­ing con­di­tions re­turn to nor­mal.

Lo­cal wool­grower Chris Thom­son was a re­cip­i­ent of the let­ter and has pre­vi­ously pro­vided an en­ve­lope of wool to the prince, when he re­quested the as­sis­tance of wool­grow­ers in Aus­tralia.

The wool was then at­trib­uted to the mak­ing of his suit for his wed­ding day back in 2011.

Wool­grow­ers from Bran­jee, Ge­off and Jane Broughton also re­ceived a let­ter from the Prince for the first time and said they were ab­so­lutely amazed to see it.

“We were so sur­prised and he signed off as Char­lie, which I thought was a very af­fec­tion­ate way to sign off, it was like he re­ally meant it and it was a very per­sonal let­ter,” Mr Broughton said.

“We def­i­nitely felt a bit spe­cial that he both­ered to write and just blown away that he was ac­tu­ally con­cerned about it.”

With no feed and the drought set to bite hard, Mr Broughton said re­ceiv­ing the let­ter it makes you feel a bit bet­ter and gives you a lift, as if an old friend has writ­ten with con­cern.

With Prince Charles a wool­grower him­self, Mr Broughton said it was so nice to see that he is mon­i­tor­ing what’s go­ing on in the com­mon­wealth.

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