By gifting your loved ones a selected Antola Trading shirt this Christmas, you are supporting a small Aussie business and also making a big difference to the lives of our farmers.
By gifting your loved ones a selected Antola Trading shirt this Christmas, you are supporting a small Aussie business and also making a big difference to the lives of our farmers.

Businesses unite to support farmers in need this Christmas

QUEENSLAND farmers doing it tough are at the forefront of a partnership between a small business and a charity.

Antola Trading has teamed up with Drought Angels, a charity which assists farming families, with $2 from selected work shirts sold this month being donated directly to farmers in need.

Drought Angels co-founder and director Natasha Johnston said farmers across the country were facing some of the most devastating conditions.

“Many Australian farms have been in the same family for generations, and never before have they experienced a drought, fires, health pandemic or flooding of the current magnitude, which can certainly take its toll on their mental health,” she said.

“Having a charity that offers moral support and financial relief through difficult times is really necessary, especially in the lead up to Christmas.”

For every Antola Trading Grace and Hannah Women's Work Shirts sold in the month of November, $2 will be donated directly to Drought Angels.
For every Antola Trading Grace and Hannah Women's Work Shirts sold in the month of November, $2 will be donated directly to Drought Angels.

Drought Angels, founded by two Queensland women, provides food hampers, care packs, prepaid cards and personalised support to farmers affected by natural disasters.

“The fact that Antola Trading wants to help spread the awareness of what is happening in these communities, is nothing short of wonderful and we are so grateful,” Mrs Johnston said.

Antola Trading marketing manager Kate Munsie said the team was grateful to be supporting such an important cause and partnering with a great team of women.

“Antola Trading champions rural communities by naming every shirt after an inspirational woman doing amazing things in regional Australia,” she said.

“Each of our shirt stories share incredible stories of passion and strength.

“It made perfect sense for Antola to partner with Drought Angels. They are a great example of women making a difference in their rural communities.”

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Natasha Johnston and Nikki Blackwell established Drought Angels in 2014 after hearing stories of struggling farmers who were unable to put food on their own tables.

Drought Angels staff member Sallie Sommerfeld, Antola Trading Marketing Manager Kate Munsie and Drought Angels Fundraising/Events Team Leader Joanna Bender.
Drought Angels staff member Sallie Sommerfeld, Antola Trading Marketing Manager Kate Munsie and Drought Angels Fundraising/Events Team Leader Joanna Bender.

The early days involved them loading up a ute and trailer and setting off with purpose in their heart to help struggling farmers.

Six years later, Drought Angels has managed to assist more than 4,500 farmers across 1,166 towns in Australia.

For the entire month of November, Antola Trading will contribute $2 from every Hannah or Grace work shirt to Drought Angels’ ‘Buy A Farmer Christmas Lunch’ campaign, raising money enclosed as a gift card sent to farming families, wishing them a very Merry Christmas.

“This money is a wonderful and timely opportunity to tell our farmers and their families that we care and we will never forget them,” Mrs Johnston said.

Ms Munsie hopes Australia gets behind Antola Trading’s shirt donations when Christmas shopping this year, to ensure no farmer is left in need this festive season.

“By gifting your loved ones a selected Antola Trading shirt this Christmas, not only are you supporting a small Aussie business, you are also making a big difference to the lives of our farmers – the backbone of Australia.”

To purchase a Hannah or Grace work shirt and contribute to the cause, visit the Antola Trading website between now and November 30.


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