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Footy fans rally for Gippsland farmers

More than 63,000 football fans showed their support for drought-affected Gippsland farmers at the annual Powercor Country Festival during the AFL match between Geelong and Essendon yesterday.

Working in conjunction with Rural Aid, the festival helped raise the plight of Gippsland farmers as well as money.

A number of local farmers were invited to the game, as was The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien.

“It was great to see city-people getting a taste of the country in the festival outside the MCG but also to have many understand the challenges currently facing many of our farmers due to drought.

“Well done to the AFL, Geelong and Essendon for their commitment to the country-themed match and to AFL legend Kevin Sheedy who came up with the concept.

“Rural Aid raised money at the event and they asked me to spread the word that farmers can instantly access $1500 to help pay bills by registering at their website.  Rural Aid also runs the “Buy a Bale” and a number of other programs in support of Australia’s farmers.”

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Victorian Farmers’ Federation president David Jochinke and The Nationals Member for Gippsland South, Danny O’Brien at the Geelong v Essendon country game.


Country music star Kasey Chambers performs at the country game, and CFA volunteers take part in the pre-match entertainment.

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