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LIVE EXPORT INDUSTRY TO DIG DEEP FOR VISUALLY IMPAIRED CHILDREN

A foundation providing education services and an orphanage to visually impaired children and adults in Indonesia will be the beneficiary of proceeds raised from the LIVEXchange charity auction and Road Trains of Australia/RuralCo-sponsored gala dinner on the evening of Thursday 26 November, the CEOs of the Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council and the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters’ Association have announced.

The charity auction is a standout feature of the Gala dinner and is renowned for generating significant funds – upwards of $60,000 to $70,000 in previous years. This year, the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters’ Association has selected the Indonesian based charity known as the Rawinala Foundation – a not-for-profit organisation providing education to multi disable visually impaired children in Indonesia – as this year’s beneficiary.

In previous years the live export industry has made charity contributions to the McGrath Foundation, Beyond Blue, Royal Flying Doctors, Foodbank, and to rural families within the industry who have suffered enormous loss through personal tragedy. But this year will be the first year a charity has been identified from abroad and it is hugely fitting that the industry is supporting our closest neighbour.

ALEC chief executive officer Alison Penfold said the charity auction was a great opportunity to give something back, both financially and by raising wider awareness of the Rawinala Foundation.

“Supporting the Rawinala Foundation means we are supporting the communities behind the industry,” Ms Penfold said.

“Currently there are only five multi disable visually impaired schools in Indonesia, which means 99% of those affected don’t have opportunities to access formal education and support.

“The Rawinala Foundation is hoping to raise funds to build a training facility to train others in providing education to multi disable visually impaired children and the live export industry’s contribution will help with this,” Ms Penfold said.

“This issue has resonated with our Territory based members who this year wanted the proceeds from the charity auction to go to help people in need in Indonesia, a country that has been such a significant part of the trade for many, many decades,” the CEO of the NTLEA Mr Stuart Kemp said.

“We have been able to drum up some one-of-a-kind items for the auction including many which are unique to the live export industry and the Top End and I am certain that dinner attendees will dig deep to support this charity.”

Some of the items to be auctioned include:

  • A crocodile skin
  • A Helefish charter
  • A Northern Territory branded cattle hide
  • A Shane Webke, signed and framed Queensland State of Origin Rugby League jumper
  • A Kilim carpet from the Middle East. A Kilim is a flat tapestry-woven carpet or rug produced from the Balkans to Pakistan. Kilims can be purely decorative or can function as prayer rugs.
  • Three nights’ accommodation in a beach house in the Suak Sumatera Resort Suak Village in South Lampung, Indonesia
  • A black Angus hide
  • A pair of custom made RM Williams boots

Northern Export Manager for Austrex, Warwick Barrett, will be the guest auctioneer.

LIVEXchange is a partnership between LiveCorp, Australian Livestock Exporters’ Council (ALEC) and the Northern Territory Livestock Exporters Association (NTLEA).

Tickets are still available to both LIVEXchange and the Gala dinner.

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

Media Contact:
Tom Dawkins
ALEC – Communications & Media Manager
0476 844 886
media@livexcouncil.com.au