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Farmers in drought-stricken Dubbo receive helping hand

Sonia Lim 20 May 2019

During his recent CEO Roadshow visit to RFBI Dubbo Masonic Village, RFBI CEO, Frank Price met with Anne Jones OAM and learned of the hardships drought-stricken farmers are facing and work the Lions Club District is doing to support them.

Since hearing about their plight, RFBI has generously donated $175,000 to the local Lions Club District to provide hay to 150 farmers across the region.

“Farmers in Dubbo have entered their third year of drought and are doing it tougher than ever,” RFBI CEO Frank Price said.

“The $175,000 will buy eight bales of hay each for 150 farmers, which is enough to give them some temporary relief.” he said.

“For RFBI, it’s important to support people in our local communities. We understand first-hand just how big of an impact drought conditions are having on farmers and this is our way of showing them our support.”

John O’Leary is one of the farmers to benefit from the donation.

He says the hay is invaluable and will allow him to breathe a brief sigh of relief, at a time where living on the land has been extremely challenging.

“On behalf of all farmers, I thank you and the community for your incredible support,” John said.

Anne Jones OAM from the Lions Club District said the donation is much needed.

“It’s life-saving, not only for the thousands of starving stock but also for our farmers who find themselves on the edge of despair,” she said.

“It’s organisations such as yours that gives hope, courage and strength to continue. Knowing that you care, makes all the difference.”

To read more about our benevolence work, visit our News and Events page here > https://rfbi.com.au/news/category/benevolence/