As many Australians are aware, drought is currently affecting the majority of rural Queensland and New South Wales, with farming families struggling to cope with the long-term impacts. Water and feed are rapidly becoming scarce resources, and tough decisions are being made every day about whether to wait for rain or sell off the few remaining stock.
While this is a challenging time for many, it has brought out the best in a lot of people, showing their resilience, courage, and compassion in the face of hardship. Charlotte Caslick and Lewi Holland – two of Rugby Australia’s highest-profile players – are one example of this. Together with Ringers, the couple teamed up to raise funds for Drought Angels, through the sale of our Drover Lane Apricot cap and the Melon Work Shirt.
Holland explained that this charity ensures funds directly support families and communities in need.
"So we linked with Ringers Western and those guys were kind enough to jump on board and release a hat with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to Drought Angels, with the money distributed back into the local community to be spent there so that money stays within the towns.
Thanks to the generosity of so many of our loyal customers, the target of $50 000 has been reached and delivered to Drought Angels. The support of both Charlotte and Lewi makes a huge difference when it comes to campaigns like this, and their role as public figures has helped to spread this message far and wide.
"We're just trying to raise a bit of awareness and some funds and just help those guys do it a little bit easier because it is getting pretty tough out there and the forecast for this summer doesn’t look like it's going to ease up."
Outside of this venture, the power couple have also started their own charity ‘Fencing for Farmers’, as well as partnering with BlazeAid to provide assistance in the aftermath of the floods which devastated north-west Queensland early in 2019.
Ringers Western is proud to work with two passionate and generous individuals, whose work represents what Ringers is all about: Stickin’ together. We would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed their hard-earned dollars towards the $50 000 we’ve donated back to those who need it most. Strong communities like this will help everyone hang in there, no matter how long the rain keeps us waiting.
Check out Rugby Australia’s article covering Charlotte and Lewi’s recent fundraising work: https://www.rugby.com.au/news/2019/10/27/sevens-lewis-holland-charlotte-caslick-drought