Darrell Lea’s team in Ingleburn is set to make Father’s Day a little sweeter for some struggling farmers.
The confectionery company has packaged up more than $20,000 worth of goodies which will be delivered to the most drought-stricken areas in the state’s west in time for Father’s Day.
Three trucks were loaded up at the Macarthur factory on Wednesday afternoon en route to Dubbo, Cobar and Tamworth.
Darrell Lea’s marketing manager James Byrne said the company was proud to support farmers who might be doing it tough.
“A lot of people are doing charitable work for farmers and we’ve decided to send more than 1000 Darrell Lea Father’s Day Bags to those struggling farmers,” he said.
“It’s a difficult time for farmers right around the country and rain is such an unpredictable thing.”
The Darrell Lea Father’s Day Bags were produced at the Ingleburn factory during the past few weeks.
Mr Byrne said the bags were filled with “all of dad’s favourites”, including black licorice, licorice all sorts and rocky road.
“We thought it was the ideal product to donate in time for Father’s Day – it’s a special day for many families,” he said.
Mr Byrne said Darrell Lea received advice from drought relief experts before deciding where to send the deliveries.
”We identified Dubbo, Cobar and Tamworth as the ideal locations because farmers have been impacted so much by the drought,” he said.
“We haven’t done a donation like this in recent years but we thought it was the right time with the drought being so bad this year.”
Mr Byrne said it had been a big year for Darrell Lea, which included the announcement the company would take over production of the iconic Life Savers lollies.
All Life Savers lollies will be produced at the Ingleburn factory from January 2019.
“Business is good and we are proud to be here in Ingleburn,” Mr Byrne said.