Busi­ness fes­ti­val backs strug­gling farm­ers

The Queensland Times - - NEWS -

THE gen­eros­ity of an Ip­swich busi­ness and its loyal cus­tomers will go to­wards farm­ers do­ing it tough in dry con­di­tions.

In­dian Me­hfil restau­rant owner Raj Sharma raised $2000 for Ru­ral Aid’s Buy a Bale Cam­paign at Sun­days’ Di­wali fes­ti­val.

It capped off a few months of fundrais­ing by Mr Sharma for farm­ers.

“I’m a coun­try boy and I know what farm­ers go through,” he said.

“I can see through the prices as well for the restau­rant, we buy the fresh pro­duce – it’s get­ting tougher.

“For a month $1 from ev­ery cus­tomer who came into the restau­rant was donated to the farm­ing ap­peal.”

Ru­ral Aid gen­eral man­ager Wayne Thom­son vis­ited the restau­rant yes­ter­day to ac­cept the do­na­tion.

He said light rain had not given any re­prieve from the drought.

“At the mo­ment things are fairly over­whelm­ing,” he said.

Mr Thom­son thanked the city and Mr Sharma for the do­na­tion.

“I think it’s a lovely thing a busi­ness here in Ip­swich cares,” he said.

“It’s go­ing to give ten fam­i­lies a voucher and they can go to the lo­cal su­per­mar­ket and choose their own food.

“It gives them back a sense of pride as well.

“It gives them food for their ve­hi­cle or ten loads of wa­ter.”

Mr Sharma said he made the do­na­tion “to high­light the pos­i­tive things we do in the com­mu­nity and the pos­i­tive things the com­mu­nity does.”

Photo: Rob Wil­liams

FES­TI­VAL: In­dian Me­hfil owner Raj Sharma, Ip­swich MP Jen­nifer Howard and Ru­ral Aid gen­eral man­ager Wayne Thom­son af­ter a do­na­tion of $2000 was made to Ru­ral Aid.

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