Streets’ Minto ice cream factory hold sale to support farmers

Spring is just around the corner, so here is your chance to stock up on some ice cream and support struggling farmers.

The Streets factory at Minto will host an ice cream sale on Saturday, September 1 with all proceeds from the event to go to the Buy a Bale campaign.

Minto workers and their families will donate their time on the day to run the sale and fundraising barbecue.

Factory worker Charlie Turton came up with the idea of an ice cream sale to support drought-affected farmers.

“Over the past few months we have seen farmers in NSW suffering from widespread drought,” he said.

“Farming is so critical to regional communities, and being a country boy myself – born in the Riverina – I thought about how Streets could provide some form of assistance.

“I suggested we hold a car park sale with the funds donated to our farmers, and Unilever (the company that owns Streets) was very supportive of the idea, even donating additional home care products and planning additional fundraisers across their other Australian sites.”

A Unilever spokesman said the company would match employee donations to charities supporting drought-affected communities.

”Farmers and rural communities who rely on agricultural work for their livelihoods are facing a difficult time with costs of stock feed and transport increasing as supplies dwindle,” he said.

“We are pleased to help support affected communities by providing a large volume of tea, home and personal care products, which will be packed and sent by our long term partner Foodbank to families in the areas most affected

”We are also proud of our passionate employees who have spear headed fundraising activities.

“Mr Turton, came up with the Buy a Bale campaign after witnessing the plight of Australian farmers facing severe droughts – [we are] delighted to support such a worthy cause.”

The sale will take place from 9am to 4.30pm on Saturday, September 1 at the Streets Ice Cream factory, 2 Magnum Place, Minto.