DICK Smith Foods today presented a record donation for $1 million to Aussie Helpers – the national charity assisting farmers who are battling to stay on the land.
It is the biggest single donation made by Dick Smith Foods in its 13-year history.
“I wanted to support Aussie Helpers because they provide tremendous help for struggling farmers across Australia,” Dick Smith, Founder of Dick Smith Foods, said.
“Plus it’s mainly run by volunteers and has hardly any overheads.”
In the past 18 months alone volunteers from Aussie Helpers, based in Queensland, have travelled 600,000 kilometres to visit 1300 families living on remote stations.
“The farming community badly needs our assistance. I was in Longreach recently and there was not one blade of grass in sight on much of the land,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Smith said he had long been an admirer of Brian Egan, who set up Aussie Helpers in 2002 from his home in Charleville and continues to work tirelessly championing farmers doing it tough.
“I’ve always thought we should be assisting his amazing work for the Australian farming community,” Mr Smith said.
Mr Egan gratefully accepted the million-dollar cheque, saying that he and everyone involved with Aussie Helpers was “astounded” at the generosity of Dick Smith Foods.
“I know Dick Smith is a staunch supporter of Aussie farmers, and this amount of money will be changing people’s lives for sure,” he said.
Dick Smith Foods have been giving their proceeds to charity for 13 years – a staggering $7.9 million to date, including today's $1 million donation.
“This will absolutely help people stay on their properties,” Mr Egan added.
Contact Aussie Helpers on 1300 665 232 or visit www.aussiehelpers.org.au.
100 per cent of profits from Dick Smith Foods go to charity.