The NRL has pledged $100 for every point scored in the Telstra Premiership Finals Series to the Rural Aid and National Farmers Federation, for farmers severely impacted by the drought in Queensland and New South Wales.
The pledge, which will be matched by broadcasters Nine through their Nine Cares program, means $200 will be donated for every point scored.
NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said in statement on NRL.com:
“The drought is having a devastating impact on rural and regional communities which are such an important part of Rugby League.”
“Our aim has been to come up with some initiatives which will have a real impact and provide assistance where it is truly needed.”
National Farmers Federation President Fiona Simson said up to 99 per cent of NSW and 57 per cent of Queensland is drought declared so these donations will help desperate farmers replenish their water supplies, feed livestock, and allow them to access health and financial services.
Greenberg also announced the NRL would be giving out “as many free tickets” as they can to farmers from around the state “so they can have some time off and watch the footy”.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, it has been the driest July since 2002 with rainfall deficiencies increasing in “severity for almost all of New South Wales and inland Queensland.”
You can help our Aussie farmers by donating to Buy a Bale – an organisation with a mission to help farmers across the country. You can help by purchasing a bale for $20 or pay for Diesel, water, or contribute to a general donation. You can also help pay for hampers from local supermarkets.
Buy a Bale also encourage punters to host fundraisers or volunteer with Farm Rescue organisations to do your bit for Aussie farmers.
If you would like to donate to Buy a Bale, click HERE.