aA new drought appeal supported by all Rotary Districts in Australia has been launched with donations being accepted by the Bendigo Bank.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank has partnered with Rotary Clubs of Australia to raise money for drought affected farmers and farm communities across Australia. The appeal is run by Bendigo Bank's charitable arm, Community Enterprise Foundation™ and money raised will be used to give charitable relief and aid recovery in locally identified drought affected areas.

"Ninety-nine per cent of NSW is in drought, as is South-East Queensland and parts of Victoria and South Australia. Nationally, one quarter of Australian agriculture is in severe drought," said Philip Archer, External Relations Director - Rotary International District 9800. 

"This drought has really affected us all with its far-reaching effects. Nobody is immune. We should be in this together. 

"Yes, farmers and farming families are doing it tough, and the flow-on effect to other businesses in drought affected communities is huge. Whatever help and financial support we can give, whatever small thing we can do now will help rural communities get back to normality quicker.

"This is serious. But we can all help, and Rotary is up for the challenge encouraging everyone, city-based or country, to make a donation - large or small - to help those struggling to get through."

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