Pharmacies help bale out farmers

The PHARMforFarm fundraiser has been hailed a success, with funds to be donated to a hay-providing charity

Advantage Group has raised $12,000 for farmers, which will enable the charity BuyaBale to send one semi-trailer load of hay (worth $9,500) and 25 extra bales of hay to drought-stricken farmers across Australia.

Seventeen retail pharmacies across the Group rallied together last week to hold #PHARMforFarm fancy-dress fundraisers, with the objective of raising awareness around the drought situation and how this is impacting Australian farmers, while raising much needed funds to help them.

Advantage Group has numerous rural, community pharmacies with many customers directly impacted by the drought.

Many of the retail outlets are within drought-stricken areas and the teams regularly help Aussie farmers with their healthcare needs.

Advantage Pharmacy CEO, Steven Kastrinakis, said “Many stories are shared within our community pharmacies of the plight of our country’s farmers, particularly now, as they go through the worst drought in living memory.

“Aussie farmers are the backbone of our country and more than ever they need our help and support through this tough time.”


Joanne Valentine, who works at Advantage Pharmacy Ontario (Mildura), says their area is badly affected.

“We’ve had farmers come into the pharmacy who sheared 15,000 sheep last year and this year only did 1,500.

“The Wentworth Show, for the first time ever, had no sheep shearing competition at all.

“There is no rain whatsoever, no water in the dams and our farmers can’t pump any water to feed their livestock.

“It really is very sad and shocking to see our hard-working customers’ livelihoods at stake.”

Advantage Group thanked all participating pharmacies, community groups, local business owners and customers for their generous donations and support throughout the fundraiser.

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