A letter from Prince of Wales
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.