Rural Relief Fund administrator, Rural Business Tasmania, today announced a partnership with Tasmanian Independent Retailers trading as IGA to raise funds for the 2016 Rural Relief Fund appeal.
“Demand from our farmers for assistance and support is increasing with applications for support arriving daily” said Rural Business Tasmania CEO, Elizabeth Skirving. “Through this new partnership our Rural Relief Fund Appeal collection boxes will be located across the State in selected IGA stores, and we could not be more are delighted to have a grass roots collective stepping up to support their own communities.”
With over 80 Tasmanian stores and a reputation for its community support initiatives , IGA is a significant employer directly providing 1002 full time equivalent jobs and support for 1936 full time equivalent jobs, or 1.1 per cent of Tasmania’s full time employment.
“IGA supermarkets are independently owned and operated largely in rural and regional areas,” said Grant Hinchcliffe, CEO Tasmanian Independent Retailers. “To support those communities and ensure that they stay viable is very important for the Group and something that we take very seriously.”
Taking in to account the urgency and level of support required Rural Relief Fund grants are assessed on a case-by-case basis with family and animal welfare a priority. Disbursed funds of up to $2500 per household can cover everything from groceries to utility bills to the repair of damaged fences.
“When farmers are struggling it has a ripple effect throughout the community,” Ms Skirving said. “Whole regional economies are impacted. To partner with an organisation like IGA that understands that is fantastic and we thank them for helping us ensure that our rural communities are properly supported through the extraordinary and challenging seasonal conditions.”
If you would like to donate to the Rural Relief Fund you can do so at any IGA store, at any ANZ branch or online www.ruralbusinesstasmania.org.au/Rural-Relief.