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Fat Farmers Newsletter – October 2021

Jess Wilder

6 Oct 2021

Hi everyone, as this will be our final newsletter for 2021, I thought it timely to reflect on the past year which has again presented unique challenges as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic. Fortunately, our weekly fitness groups have been able to operate mostly as normal although our in-person team meeting was sadly cancelled at the last minute due to the state-wide lockdown in July. As always, it is our Team Leaders who are the backbone of Fat Farmers and without their dedication in volunteering their time week in and week out, our groups would not exist. So massive thanks to Ben Marshman, Cheryl Hean, Greg Schmaal, Jane Mason and Will Holmes for your ongoing commitment to Fat Farmers.

Behind the scenes, our new EO Tessa has been working to have Fat Farmers approved as an Incorporated Association and a legal entity in its own right. This was recently confirmed and we now have our first ever Board of Directors in place. This is a huge step forward for Fat Farmers and I am excited to see what the future holds! Certainly, expansion is something we want to focus on in 2022 and with Suzie Kenny assisting these efforts as our part-time EP Coordinator, I think we will see more Fat Farmers groups across SA than ever before!

It is also timely to thank all of our wonderful sponsors, who help ensure we have the necessary funding to keep promoting and supporting better health and wellbeing for farmers and rural communities. We are delighted that Ramsey Bros and Case IH are on board as our Platinum Partner through to December 2022. CMI Toyota have generously extended their support as our Gold level sponsor, while Australian Grain Technologies, Balco Australia and Brentnalls SA have continued as Silver level sponsors. We are also grateful to Intergrain and Hardi Australia for their ongoing support as Bronze level sponsors and to ANZ for again supporting us as a recipient of funds raised at the 2021 ANZ Community Ball.

Last but not least, we wish everyone a successful harvest and hope that the weather does the right thing! We really feel for all the communities facing another tough year due to drought. As always, stay safe and keep looking out for each other. Here’s to big things for Fat Farmers in 2022!

Ben Wundersitz

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