28th July, 2013

“Bale” Out a Farmer with Bartercard

Gold Coast residents and businesses are being asked to “bale” out farmers in Bartercard Australia’s new charity drive.

The exchange trading network aims to raise $100,000 through its “Buy a Bale” campaign to help farmers battling the floods, fire and drought that have burdened Australian rural communities in recent times.

Many Gold Coast Bartercard members are businesses operating in the tourism industry, and can offer accommodation and tours for struggling farmers who have been unable to afford a holiday in a long time.

Funds raised will also go to more fundamental expenses like stock feed, freight and groceries.

Bartercard is based on the Gold Coast. In February, it fulfilled a long-held dream to launch a charity arm, the Bartercard Charity Foundation.

It has partnered with the Give Back Campaign, which aims to help charities raise funds. Give Back’s CEO, Charles Alder, said farmers rarely asked for help, but appreciated it if someone turned up at the front gate and offered to fix a fence.

Source: http://www.goldcoast.com.au/article/2013/07/01/453809_gold-coast-business.html