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Exporters in bid to support rural children

RURAL and remote children needing assistance with developmental and learning difficulties will be the beneficiaries of a charity agreement announced today by the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council and LiveCorp.

Working in consultation with the Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association, members of the livestock export industry have chosen Royal Far West to be the recipient of funds raised at the LIVEXforum 2016 Gala Dinner and Charity Auction in Canberra on October 27.

ALEC chief executive officer Simon Westaway said the charity auction was a great opportunity to give something back to rural and remote families who play a major role in Australia’s livestock industry.

“We approached the ICPA to discuss how we could best support the education and health needs of isolated children and we were rapt that they recommended Royal Far West,” Mr Westaway said.

“Rural families are at the heart of the livestock industry and we’re delighted to have this opportunity to contribute to the provision of vital assistance to children with limited access to local services.”

Every year, thousands of rural and remote children who have non-acute developmental, behavioural, learning, emotional and mental health disorders benefit from Royal Far West’s integrated clinical and educational model of care.

In welcoming the announcement, Royal Far West chief executive officer Lindsay Cane said the funds raised would make a real difference to families in rural areas across Australia.

“Royal Far West is very proud and excited to be the recipient of the funds raised at the LIVEXforum 2016 Gala Dinner,” Ms Cane said.

“This initiative is a great way for the livestock export industry to give back to rural communities, because it will provide direct help for country kids with developmental and learning disorders.

“We’re grateful to LiveCorp, ALEC and the ICPA for their support.”

The charity auction has raised tens of thousands of dollars in support over many years for important causes like the McGrath Foundation, Beyond Blue and the Royal Flying Doctor Service. Last year’s Gala Dinner in Darwin raised more than $60,000 for the Rawinala Foundation in Jakarta.

The dinner and auction will conclude LIVEXforum 2016, the livestock export industry’s major annual conference which is hosted in partnership between ALEC and LiveCorp.

For more information and to register: www.livexchangeconference.com.au

 

A PDF copy of this announcement is available here.

Media Contact: Tom Dawkins (0476 844 886)