Maitland Blacks Rugby Club are pitching in to help farmers in the Upper Hunter and New England survive unrelenting drought.
They started off with a $5000 target through a fundraising page with charity Rural Aid’s Buy A Bale program and have exceeded their expectations, raising more than $8500.
On top of that, the club had a team dinner in Tamworth on Saturday night where guests donated 150 kilograms worth of non-perishable grocery items. The food was made into hampers to distribute to farmers and farming families in need this week.
The club’s Ben Emmett said becoming involved with Buy A Bale was a way they could support the two areas. He said the club had members in the Upper Hunter and had played at a tournament in Tamworth over the weekend.
“This is our way to help give back to these two areas, the drought is really bad in both places and we hope to raise a lot more,” he said.