Harvey Norman in partnership with the Queensland Country Women’s Association announces community grants for local families affected by drought
Sony Music artist Adam Harvey performs LIVE
Paul Murray LIVE Our Town touched down in Toowoomba last night for the first of ten live regional broadcasts taking place across Australia bringing entertainment and much-needed financial help to families in those regions.
Working with the Queensland Country Women’s Association (QCWA) to identify key areas of need in the region, principal partner Harvey Norman last night announced its fundraising efforts had raised $40,000 which will be donated to the QCWA’s Public Rural Crisis Fund to support Toowoomba families hit hardest due to the drought conditions.
The severity of the financial crisis caused by the drought has seen fuel rationing become a common occurrence, with Harvey Norman announcing that $30,000 of the funds raised will be allocated via the QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund towards fuel vouchers for those in the outlying Toowoomba districts.
In addition to the fuel vouchers, $10,000 of the funds raised will be allocated to local club grants. These grants will extend across four local sporting clubs – Crows Nest Crocs Swimming Club, Oakey Sports Club, Pittsworth NRL and Pittsworth & Districts Wildcats Netball Club - providing assistance in the form of uniforms, equipment and club fees to those children whose families have been most affected by the severe drought.
Gerry Harvey, Harvey Norman Executive Chairman said: "$40,000 is a fantastic result. On behalf of everyone at Harvey Norman, thank you so much for the generosity of our Toowoomba customers and to the phenomenal women of the CWA - thank you. You are literally life savers. In every stop on the Paul Murray LIVE tour we will work with the Country Women’s Association in that town and state to make a contribution where it counts.
"We see the barren landscape and we see the Bureau of Meteorology maps. This is the worst drought this region has ever experienced - ever. The severity of the financial crisis brought on by the drought is hitting families hard with fuel rationing rife amongst the families on properties hardest hit by the drought. People aren’t going into town for medical appointments, they don’t fill new prescriptions."
Katie Page, Harvey Norman CEO said: "Families are being isolated from their communities. Those living on properties are limiting their expenses to almost nil. What you and I consider essential daily activities, families on drought-affected properties consider discretionary. In an effort to ration fuel, phone usage and power, families outside of Crows Nest, Pittsworth and other outlying Toowoomba districts are staying at home, out of contact from friends and the support of the community, so no one knows when things go from difficult to dire.
"Hats off to Paul Murray and Sky News. They have given the people of Toowoomba and the surrounding districts a platform and the ability to inform the rest of Australia of what is working and where help is needed, desperately needed."
Christine King, State President of QCWA said: "We thank and welcome the involvement and financial support from Harvey Norman to QCWA Public Rural Crisis Fund to support this project in the outlying areas of
Toowoomba. This initiative combining with the application for fuel vouchers will be a great benefit for these local areas. We are pleased to receive the support of Harvey Norman for these communities."
Last night’s Our Town show also saw acclaimed country-music star Adam Harvey from Sony Music join Paul Murray for the live broadcast performing for the audience and viewers at home.
Paul Whittaker, Sky News Chief Executive said: "Broadcasting live from Toowoomba, we kicked off the Our Town regional tour with a great show last night as we showcased and celebrated the local heroes, unique stories and the incredible community spirit of the region to our national television audience. Thanks to our partners Harvey Norman and Sony Music, tonight’s show will make a positive and lasting impact to many people across Toowoomba and the surrounding districts."
Paul Murray LIVE airs each Sunday – Thursday at 9pm AEDT on Sky News Live, Foxtel channel 103 and 600 and across WIN’s regional free-to-air network Sky News on WIN, channels 53 and 83.
Paul Murray LIVE Our Town sees the number one Sky News program and its host Paul Murray visit ten regional locations in ten months, celebrating the uniqueness of each town while hearing from residents about the issues and challenges facing Australia’s heartland.
Be watching Paul Murray LIVE Monday February 25 from 9:00pm AEDT as Paul Murray announces the next location on the Our Town tour.