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The Lottery Office helps make Christmas special for Aussie farmers

The Lottery Office is giving struggling NSW and Victorian farming families the gift of Christmas, pledging a $20,000 to Aussie Helpers.

Aussie Helpers is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to helping Aussie farmers, farming families and farming communities survive through tough times.

This year Aussie Helpers is providing hampers filled with everyday pantry essentials and a few festive treats to ensure isolated farming families can celebrate the festive season.

Aussie Helpers CEO Tash Kocks said that this year had proven to be one of the most gruelling for farmers already struggling to make ends meet.

“Aussie farmers have battled seasonal labour shortages, volatile commodity prices, international trade tensions and recession all the while recovering from devastating bushfires and one of the longest droughts in living memory,” Ms Kocks said.

“At Aussie Helpers, every dollar and every hour volunteered helps Aussie famers in need. By purchasing a hamper this year, you’re giving farmers more than just groceries and treats. You’re also telling them they are important and valued.”

With more than 350 hampers donated to farmer in need, Aussie Helpers is making Christmas feasible for hundreds of farming families but thousands more are facing going without this holiday season.

The Lottery Office CEO Jaclyn Wood said the drought coupled with a crippling pandemic means many farming families are facing the very real prospect of skipping Christmas due to financial stress.

“We are thrilled to be supporting Aussie Helpers as they work to make farmers’ Christmases special during what has been exceptionally difficult conditions over the last few years,” Ms Wood said.

“With $10,000 going to each state, we hope these funds can feed the people that feed our nation and let them enjoy the festive season.”

The Lottery Office donates a percentage of the cost of every ticket sold to charities across the country, allowing the organisation to make a positive impact on the lives of everyday Australians.

The Lottery Office urges anyone interested in donating to Aussie Helpers’ Hamper for a farmer initiative to visit the Aussie Helpers website.