UNITED INDIAN ASSOCIATIONS WALK FOR FARMERS RAISES FUNDS AND AWARENESS
On Saturday the 22nd of September, I joined the mayor of Parramatta and a crowd of well-wishes to farewell participants in the United Indian Associations (UIA) Walk for Farmers. This walk spanned 380km across 10 days from Sydney to Canberra, visiting Picton, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Exeter, Bundanoon and Goulburn along the way.
Speaking to the Hills Shire Times, event organiser Sreeni Pillamarri said the Walk for Farmers began because “we felt that something needed to be done to give attention to the farming community at large. The purpose of this initiative it to morally and financially support the farmers of NSW who are currently facing one of their worst ever droughts”. This outstanding effort has raised more than $25,000 for the charity Aussie Helpers, a not-for-profit organisation aimed to support and educate the community about Australian farmers.
This commitment to others in need and the sense of community spirit demonstrated by the Walk For Farmers is a testament to the important contribution of the Australian Indian community and community organisations such as the United Indian Associations. The Indian community is one of the largest in my electorate of Epping, and I look forward to sharing the news of this successful initiative as I attend various Diwali celebrations over the coming months. I congratulate Sreeni, Anil, Jaya, Suvarnaraju and the team on such an outstanding commitment towards raising awareness and vital funds to assist struggling farmers in Australia.