Su­per­mar­ket in week-long fundraiser to help farm­ers

The Cobram Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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