Today in Melbourne, RuralCo’s Combined Rural Traders (CRT) conference commenced, the conference brings together suppliers from across the Agribusiness sector for three days to network, attend seminars on emerging issues, technology and solutions for the industry that provides a vital role in Australia - contributing to our social, economic and environmental sustainability.
Through Lifeline Australia and RuralCo’s partnership, Lifeline Australia’s CEO Pete Shmigel was invited to attend to talk about a significant national emergency that is affecting rural communities in Australia – suicide. An issue Travis Dillon CEO of RuralCo has taken very seriously; donating his personal bonus of $140,000 to Lifeline.
Pete said “I want to thank in particular Travis and RuralCo’s commitment to Lifeline. As the CEO and Telephone Crisis Support worker, I hear and see firsthand how our services help everyday Australian’s experiencing a crisis“.
Pete went on to announce that through the seed funding received from the Federal Government and RuralCo’s continued support; this year Lifeline Australia would be launching Text4Good – an SMS/Text crisis support service.
Continued Pete, “While the suicide rate is the highest it has ever been in the last decade; more than a hundred thousand Australians survive a suicidal crisis every year. We believe as a community we need to focus on life and recovery and seek to understand and multiply what has kept these people alive. We know that using SMS or text technology Lifeline will be able to connect with more help-seekers, anywhere, anyway and at any time.”
In addition to receiving Travis Dillon’s cheque; Lifeline Australia were also presented a cheque for over $30,000 from one RuralCo’s top performing suppliers Merial Ltd.
If you would like to contribute to Text4Good head to our donation page.