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Residents raise thousands for drought-affected farmers

Written by Michael Cummings
on October 20, 2018

Residents at Weary Dunlop retirement village have raised more than $2300 to help Australian farmers battling one of the worst droughts in a generation.

And with Ryman Healthcare pledging to match whatever they raised dollar-for-dollar, nearly $5000 has been donated to rural support organisation Buy A Bale to distribute to farmers needing support.

Their efforts got off to an impressive start, with residents raising $1165 at a trivia night at the village in August. That means more than $2300 was raised for drought-affected farmers in just a couple of hours.

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Around 40 people joined the fun, with Ryman communications advisor Michael Cummings acting as the quiz master.

Teams could buy a correct answer, pay to change a question they didn’t like, swap their answer with another team’s, phone a friend, or bribe Michael any other way they chose.  

Village manager Kym Faulkner said some residents approached her with the idea of starting a fundraising drive for farmers doing it tough.

“I thought it was a brilliant idea, and the company quickly jumped on board with a pledge to match whatever the residents raised,” Kym said.

“It’s testament to the kind of people who live here. They care deeply about their fellow Australians and don’t just sit idly by when they’re in their hour of need.”

That they raised over a thousand dollars in just one night is “unbelievable”.

The rest of the money was raised by residents, staff and visitors making contributions to a donation box at reception.

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