The nib Newcastle Knights are throwing their support behind the many farmers around the country doing it tough in what's being described as possibly Australia's worst drought on record.
They're asking their supporters to jump on board too this Saturday at their final game of the season at McDonald Jones Stadium, and support Buy a Bale.
In total 9 semi-trailers of hay have been pledged thus far. This includes a pledge of 3 semi-trailers of hay by the nib Newcastle Knights and its owner The Wests Group.
An additional 3 semi-trailers of hay pledged by the nib Newcastle Knights major sponsor McDonald Jones Homes and the support of a further 3 semi-trailers by the McCloy Group.
Three of these truckloads of hay will be leaving the stadium from this Saturday's match to deliver the hay and news of more aid coming, directly to the farmers in need.
While the Round 25 clash against St George Illawarra mirrors as both our final game of the season and Old Boys Day, we are using this grand day to help provide some much-needed assistance.
"We are encouraging all the members and supporters for both the Knights and Dragons to give generously to support Rural Aid's Buy a Bale campaign to help Australian farmers," said Philip Gardner, CEO The Wests Group in relation to their plight.
McDonald Jones Stadium will be filled with tons of fun and interactive activities for all spectators this Saturday.
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But most importantly, Buy a Bale volunteers will be collecting donations at the gate.
They will also have a marquee in the Fan Zone accepting donations for the farmers in need.
Match Day Sponsor, McDonald Jones Homes, have spent $30,000 on three truckloads of hay and together with McDonald Jones Stadium have also purchased 400 grandstand tickets for farmers and families to attend the game.
The nib Newcastle Knights players themselves are also committed to helping the cause with all 17 match worn jerseys being put up for auction on the Knights website with all proceeds going directly to Buy a Bale.
You can bid for jersey's at full-time by clicking here!
The Wests Group have also dug deep to help.
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As well as purchasing 3 semi-trailers of hay valued at $9,500 each they also launched drought aid campaign 'Parma for a Farmer' last week where $2 from every schnitzel sold over the next month will go to Buy a Bale across all five of Wests club locations.
Our principal sponsor, nib, are also offering a helping hand to drought-impacted farmer members through their recently announced health insurance premium relief package, which will see eligible nib members receive a six-month waiver for 100% of their current health insurance premiums.
NOW WE NEED YOU TO DO YOUR PART.
A $20 donation will see a farmer receive one bale of hay, $52.50 will provide an essential hamper to a farmer's family and $250 will see 11,500 litres of water delivered to a farm.
For more information on the Buy a Bale campaign or to donate online, click here!