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Farmers donate crops to charity

Monday 2nd of January 2012

Farmers throughout New England North West now have the opportunity to donate part of their grain and cotton crops to charity, and it’s as easy as taking their crops to market. The charity is the not-for-profit organisation Anglicare - Northern Inland (formerly Anglican Counselling Service).


The initiative was instigated by Edgeroi grain and cotton grower Phil Firth who said growers only had to remember two registration numbers, one for grain and the other for cotton.


“Anglicare - Northern Inland has been registered with the National Grower Registration (NGR) system,” he said. “For example, a grower delivers their grain to the Graincorp silo and quotes the NGR number for Anglicare – Northern Inland. “The amount of grain allocated becomes ANI’s property and the grower is eligible for a tax deduction because of the tax deductible status of ANI."


The Anglicare Northern Inland NGR number is 13 207 676.


The donation system can work for any portion of a truckload of grain.



Growers wanting to donate cotton can do so with a module ticket.


Once cotton is delivered to Namoi Cotton the cotton becomes the property of ANI. Module tickets will be able to be obtained from Phil at harvest time.


Mr Firth said money from the donations will used entirely to fund ANI services in New England - North West.


“ANI has already received some grain and they want to say ‘thank you’ to whoever it was,” he said.


ANI provides professional, confidential counselling for individuals, couples, adolescents, children and families. Also on offer is a wide range of training in many valuable Life Skills areas. ANI services are available to all members of the community regardless of religious belief, or ability to pay.


Donations to ANI enable provision of services to the disadvantaged and vulnerable in the community.


ANI had noticed a distinct fall in funding, particularly in the area of supporting those who may still be encountering difficulties due to the effects of the recent long term drought.


ANI Executive Director Larry Apthorpe said there had been no reduction in demand for counselling and training services. “There’s an increasing waiting list of people in desperate need of these services,” he said.


Further information on cotton and grain donations may be obtained from Phil Firth

E: pjfirthy@bigpond.com or M: 0427 657 532.

 

Enquiries may also be made of ANI Finance Officer, Terry Reich

T: 02 6701 8200 or write to ANI PO Box 3052 Tamworth NSW 2340.



Authorised: Larry Apthorpe, Executive Director

13 December, 2011

Phone Contact: (02) 6701 8200



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