Dig deep to support drought-affected farmers
IF THERE’S one thing that’s important to JoJo Newby, it’s having the chance to support those that support her.
For the past few weeks, a bright green barrel has sat in the offices of Farrell McCrohon, raising money for Buy A Bale, a charity that helps to support drought assistance campaigns for farmers and rural Australia.
Ms Newby thought that was a start, but she could do more to help the cause after being inspired by rural wedding photographer Edwina Robertson’s fundraising efforts on Facebook.
“I just saw it as she is a doer, not a talker, and to me she is someone who contributes back to the community,” she said.
“I think it’s important to look after the hand that feeds you, and to give something back to the community.
“My career is based off the land and farming, so it’s important to me to be able to give back and support those that have made my career possible.
To help raise money for Buy A Bale, Ms Newby will match the donations made in the barrel dollar-for-dollar.
“There’s a bit in there, I’ve given it a bit of a rattle but I’m a bit scared of looking actually,” she said.
“The reaction so far has been good. The fact I’m matching the donations is an encouragement for people to get behind it, and the whole office is supporting the efforts dropping in change after a coffee run or whatever.”
Ms Newby hopes to make supporting different rural charities a more regular event.
“I’ll fill this one up and send it back and see what happens from there,” she said.
“There’s a lot of different charities that I would like to help out, and in the long term it would be great to be able to say to vendors that I am putting money back into the industry.
“I’ve got a couple of hobby farms, so I have a bit of an idea how hard it is, and that’s just on a small scale. Out west, it’s their livelihood.”
Ms Newby said she was excited to be able to take part in the fundraising.