Outback fashion label doing their bit for farmers this Christmas

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And they’re making it simple to do your bit, too.
Antola Trading has teamed up with Drought Angels, a charity which assists farming families, with $2 from selected work shirts sold in the month of November being donated directly to farmers in need.
Drought Angels, founded by two women from Chinchilla in Queensland and now overseen by three Directors, provide food hampers, care packs, pre-paid cards and personalised support to farmers affected by natural disasters. Their specialist support staff offer individualised, moral support, which co-founder and Director Natasha Johnston says is invaluable.

“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. Having a charity that offers moral support and financial relief through difficult times is really necessary, especially in the lead up to Christmas.” “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.” Antola Trading Marketing Manager Kate Munsie said they are “thrilled to support Drought Angels. Antola Trading champions rural communities by naming every shirt after an inspirational woman doing amazing things in regional Australia. 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.” 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.

The early days saw 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 over 4,500 farmers across 1,166 towns in Australia. The month-long donation from Antola Trading will contribute to Drought Angels’ “Buy A Farmer Christmas Lunch” campaign aimed at 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 really 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.” Antola Trading’s men’s, women’s and kids shirts are Australian owned and designed and available online at Bright prints and 100% brushed cotton, these shirts are sure to brighten up your day while never having to compromise on quality or style.