NEVER underestimate the power of ladies who lunch

Since its inception in 2008 the Art4Agriculture team has been supporting Jenny Dudley’s ( wife of RAS president Glenn Dudley ) annual Charity Brunch held on Excellence in Agriculture day at the Sydney Royal Easter Show

Since 2008 Jenny Dudley and her passionate committee of RAS councillor’s wives have helped raise more than $87,000 through the annual RAS Charity Brunch – money which has benefited a diverse range of community projects spread across the State.

The initiative was established in Glenn’s first year of the RAS presidency and arose out of the couple’s desire to help – even in a small way – community projects in need.

By 2008 the State had been struggling through eight years of what has become known as the millennium drought, and Jenny saw this as an opportunity for the women of the RAS to collectively show support for rural communities.

“We’re all very passionate about the work of the charity and anxious to help in the bush,” said Jenny.

“I don’t think many of us realised how desperate things were during the drought and the committee’s aim was to choose a different project each year – a stand alone project – to assist a community in need.” Source

This year thanks to our talented Young Farming Champions including Cassie MacDonald – the young lady whose counter infographic to Coles sparked an ACCC inquiry in Coles “ that its social media advertising blitz would be likely to have” breached consumer law that prohibits misleading and deceptive conduct” and  Stephanie Tarlinton and Siannon Parice we contributed to the Silent Auction

Cassie MacDonald

This magnificent piece of artwork by Cassie saw  Katrina Hodgkinson MP as the losing bidder

These stunning photographs from Stephanie and Siannon created considerable bidding interest to help support the reroofing of the CWA Building that houses the Binalong Preschool

To date the RAS Charity Brunch has raised $11,000 towards funding a cancer care room at Orange Base Hospital for the Condobolin community in 2009, $14,000 to help repair the Bobadah Hall in the centre of the State in 2010, contributed $17,000 to the BackTrack program youth program at Armidale in 2011, and $23,000 for a maternity bed at Young Hospital last year, while this year $22,000 was raised to assist the Inverell Community Garden project.

Well done to our talented team for contributing to a very worthy cause 

Update from Jenny Dudley

I am very pleased to report that we raised a record $25k for the reroofing of the CWA building in Binalong which will allow the preschool to remain open.

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