Supermarket in week-long fundraiser to help farmers
Ritchies IGA Cobram is running a week-long fundraiser from today to support drought-affected farmers.
‘‘We will be ditching our uniforms for the week and going into jeans and flannel shirts to raise much-needed funds for those in the drought-affected areas,’’ store manager Mandy Hawke said.
All money raised will be split between the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners and the Salvation Army. Ritchies has kickstarted the donations with $50 000.
‘‘The Burrumbuttock Hay Runners’ funds will go towards fuel for their next hay run. This year’s run consisted of 250 trucks, 5000 bales of hay and 400 volunteers,’’ Ms Hawke said.
‘‘The Salvos will receive their share in IGA gift vouchers which will be sent into the areas of need. Ritchies have worked with the Salvos over many years during times of disaster to help in the areas that are most desperate.’’
Tickets for in-store raffle prizes are available for $2 each or three for $5.
Sausages and burgers will be on the menu at a barbecue fundraiser at the front of the store on Saturday, while a trailer-load of wood kindly donated by the Paganoni family will be raffled.
‘‘If customers wish to add to our store donations, a fundraising tin is available at the service desk,’’ Ms Hawke said.
‘‘Richies IGA Cobram also continues to help the Barooga Lions Club in its efforts to support our local dairy farmers.
‘‘We still provide a dropoff point for any nonperishable food donations, which is then divided up among the local area.’’
Flannie for farmers: Richies IGA Cobram staff are donning flannelette shirts to support farmers.