Inner West supports farmers

Drummoyne Local Member John Sidoti with Transit Systems staff adding their final dollars to the Buy a Bale fundraising tin outside Leichhardt bus depot.

Transit Systems have raised more than $11,000 for the Buy a Bale charity (to aid drought stricken farmers) through employee donations and the company matching dollar for dollar. Transit Systems plan to donate a semi-trailer load of hay to the charity this Christmas. They have sourced a Buy a Bale sticker large enough to brand up a ‘gigantic’ version of the official donation barrel.

The fundraising initiative involved around 1,600 staff from Transit Systems NSW depots located at Burwood, Kingsgrove, Leichhardt, Tempe (the four Inner West depots), Smithfield and Hoxton Park, including BRIDJ On-Demand staff.

The semi-trailer load of hay will go to farmers in Central Western NSW.

The idea came about from one of Transit Systems’ Hoxton Park staff, Trevor Lachmund, who heard about the hardships of farmers on TV and took the idea to management knowing Transit Systems was a company that was always willing to help the community.

Drummoyne Local Member, John Sidoti was thrilled with the response saying,
“This is yet another wonderful example of the Inner West community giving back to those who need it most.

“I extend my deepest thanks to the bus drivers and all those who donated, as well as Transit Systems management, for backing this initiative and bringing hope to farmers this Christmas.

“Last month Transit Systems teamed up with the Movember Foundation to raise awareness for the men’s health charity. An On Demand bus transferred the Barbershop Quartet and Inner West Mo Bros to Concord Hospital for a special, pop-up performance for members of the Veterans’ Day Centre. These acts of kindness show a deep level of commitment to and love for the local community.”

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