Drought­stricken farm­ers go cruis­ing

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS -

DROUGHT stricken farm­ers from North­ern NSW and parts of Queens­land have been given a much needed break from the harsh con­di­tions.

In cel­e­bra­tion of P&O Cruises Aus­tralia’s 85th an­niver­sary, the com­pany, along with the char­ity Ru­ral Aid and its Buy-A-Bale cam­paign and the Sal­va­tion Army’s ru­ral chap­lains, have se­lected 60 farm­ers and their fam­i­lies to en­joy a cruise.

Car­ni­val Aus­tralia cor­po­rate com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager David Jones said P&O Cruises wanted to do some­thing pos­i­tive in the com­mu­nity to mark the mile­stone.

“We’ve made avail­able a num­ber of cab­ins on board two of our boats for farm­ers and their fam­i­lies who have been do­ing it tough.”

“I know from talk­ing to some of the farm­ers, that they’re just look­ing for­ward to be­ing on a ship sur­rounded by wa­ter.”

The farm­ers were nom­i­nated by Ru­ral Aid and the Sal­va­tion Army ru­ral chap­lains and will be sail­ing on the Pa­cific Ex­plorer and Pa­cific Dawn from Syd­ney and Bris­bane on De­cem­ber 4 and De­cem­ber 10.

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