Crossroads Country in the Vines has thrown its support behind Hunter farmers and the Buy A Bale Hunter campaign.
The Roche Group will host Rural Aid and it’s Buy A Bale campaign at the March 24 concert which features a stunning country and blues line up including Billy Ray Cyrus, Lee Kernaghan, Kasey Chambers, John Williamson and The McClymonts.
Rural Aid will raise money to buy hay, water and groceries for Hunter farmers at the event in their own stand, and through donation barrels which will be taken around during the night.
Roche Group managing director Dominic Roche said making Rural Aid the event’s charity was a natural fit.
‘We’re very pleased Rural Aid will be joining us with their Buy a Bale initiative at Crossroads in the Vines next month,” he said.
Buy a Bale is a wonderful program which provides much needed assistance to farmers right across Australia and we are proud to be able to support this very worthwhile cause.
Rural Aid CEO Charles Alder praised the Roche Group for jumping aboard the campaign.
“We’re very excited and appreciate the invitation to be at the Crossroads in the Vines event and raise funds for our farmers,” he said.
“We estimate the Hunter rescue mission will consume up to $500,000 in fodder assistance alone in the coming months.
All the country music artists performing will have not only local farmers, but all Australian farmers in their hearts and minds when performing at the event on March 24 in Pokolbin.
The Buy A Bale Hunter campaign – a partnership between the Mercury, Newcastle Herald, Dungog Chronicle, Scone Advocate, Hunter Valley News and charity Rural Aid – was launched on February 14 and has already raised $100,000.
That amount if equivalent to 900 round bales of hay. With more than 900,000 cattle in the Hunter there is still much more work to do.
Hay trucks are regularly arriving in the region to nourish starving stock and help relieve some of the pressure farmers are facing.
Mr Alder said feeding the animals was at the forefront of every farmer’s mind, and they were also juggling bill stress and heightened emotions, while they battled the worst drought since the 1960s.