Farmers help Aceh

25 Jan, 2005 10:00 PM

FARMERS can donate grain, wool bales or stock to a new rural appeal for the tsunami-devastated area of Aceh, Indonesia.

Farmers Philip Bornholt and Jodie Murphy from Goondiwindi on the NSW-Queensland border started the appeal with assistance from aid organisation Austcare.

Cash donations will also be accepted.

Mr Bornholt said a system of pledging produce through a grain receiver, cotton merchant, stock agent or other authority will be implemented.

"This will help streamline the whole process and reduce the workload for voluntary staff," Mr Bornholt said. "The authority would take the simple form of, for example 'take the first two tonnes of my sorghum crop and transfer it into Austcare's Farming For Aceh (AFFA) account.'"

AFFA will sell the produce to the highest bidder, giving merchants and traders the opportunity to contribute to the appeal.

A bank account for cash donations has been set up with Westpac Moree, BSB number 032-556, account number 172365, account name Austcare's Farming For Aceh.

Donations from rural industry groups, companies and individuals are encouraged.

Enquiries about the campaign should be directed to Philip Bornholt or Jodie Murphy, (02) 6753 5271, fax (02) 6753 5241.

Enquiries about Austcare's involvement should be directed to fund raising and communications director Elektra Spathopoulos, (02) 9565 9106.


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