Racing NSW and the NSW Business Chamber have donated $50,000 to national charity GIVIT's 'Drought Relief Appeal'.
GIVIT has spent more than $300,000 in drought-affected areas since August 2018, purchasing and coordinating more than 100,000 item donations for 170 frontline charities working with struggling residents.
The sizable donation was raised by over 400 business leaders during the recent NSW Business Chamber and Racing NSW's 'Business of Racing' lunch on the day prior to the 2019 'The Everest'.
This donation will be used to purchase items locally which will provide an economic benefit to struggling regional businesses.
GIVIT NSW Drought Relief Manager, Scott Barrett, said the generous donation will allow the charity to better meet the wide range of needs of vulnerable families, farmers and at-risk individuals.
"Communities across New South Wales are doing their best to soldier on through the increasing effects of drought," Mr Barrett said.
"We're here to help charities and frontline services get exactly what their regional and remote communities need, from a set of tyres for a ute and food for working dogs, to essential school items and uniforms."
Board Director of NSW Business Chamber, Warrick McLean, said too often people forget the businesses in the towns need support, alongside our farmers.
"That's why we are proud to support GIVIT, knowing the products they purchase for those in need come from local businesses, providing a double benefit and keeping the money in town," Mr McLean said.
Director of Racing NSW, Dr Saranne Cook, said the organisation acknowledges the increasing troubles the drought is causing not only farmers, but entire regional communities and businesses.
GIVIT is free, private and easy to use, and supports more than 2,800 charities across Australia. Register at givit.org.au/charity-registration.
We are proud to support GIVIT, knowing the products they purchase for those in need come from local businesses, providing a double benefit and keeping the money in town.Warrick McLean
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