Foreign currency collection to help Aussie farmers

Passengers travelling to or from Brisbane Airport can support Aussie farmers by donating their spare foreign currency

Passengers who place their spare foreign currency in the dedicated Giving Globes located throughout Brisbane Airport’s (BNE) International Terminal will be directly supporting Queensland farmers impacted by the most crippling drought in decades.

For the third consecutive year, all funds donated to BNE’s Giving Globes will be collected and converted for free by program partner Travelex, and given directly to help individuals in need or not-for-profit organisations.

Every cent donated this year will go towards supporting ‘Buy a Bale’, a fundraising campaign run by Rural Aid that focusses on supplying fodder and other essential items requested by farmers in need.

Nearly 60 per cent of the state has been drought-declared, with Central Western Queensland the worst affected area.

Monetary donations will ensure farmers in Queensland communities including Charleville, Barcaldine, Blackall, Texas, Roma, Mitchell, Warwick and Cunnamulla will be given much-needed bales of hay or gift-cards to use in their nominated supermarket to put food on the table and on the land - supporting their stock, community, and livelihood.

Last year, $40,000 was collected from the Giving Globes and donated to Burnie Brae’s Project Pantry, providing pensioners with access to low-cost nutritional food and living essentials through monthly market days, as well as providing emergency food relief to families and individuals experiencing financial hardship.

In its first year, the $40,000 donated by travellers was used to help a local Brisbane man who lost his hands and feet after contracting a meningococcal infection.

Now with nearly six million international passengers flying to or from BNE, Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC) is hopeful this year’s Giving Globes collection will be the biggest yet.

To kick things off, BAC is donating $10,000 to the Queensland Drought Appeal.

As a proud local company that strongly believes in supporting the community it operates within, this donation is one of many made through BAC’s extensive Philanthropic and Partnerships Program, with more than one million dollars distributed to local community groups, sporting organisations, schools, charities, and the not-for-profit arts sector each year.

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