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CMV Farms, with the assistance of CMV Group Foundation, are extremely proud to have supported the recent SA Flood Recovery Charity Soccer Match held at Cooper Stadium on February 19.

This incredible charity initiative was a collaboration by the South Australian Produce Market, State Government and the Adelaide United Football Club, who came together to host a charity soccer match in order to raise much needed funds for the primary producers impacted by the recent Murray River Floods. 

The charity game was hosted as a pre match curtain raiser at Cooper Stadium before the Adelaide United v Western Sydney Wanderers clash, with attendees able to donate to the relief fund when purchasing their tickets through Ticketek.

CMV Farms and the CMV Group Foundation are thankful to have been able to provide a cash donation towards this charity match, which saw a team made up of growers, retailers and wholesalers verse a team of parliamentarians and SA Ministers. 

All funds raised were collected by the Rural Business Support Relief Fund to help reduce the hardship and distress experienced by our South Australian Primary Producers, who in recent years have also been struggling with fruit fly, unseasonable hailstorms, red wine glut, and bushfires.

Speaking about the charity match, Adelaide United Chief Officer, Nathan Kosmina, said “Adelaide United are proud to be supporting this cause and helping to provide a platform for further fundraising, which is essential.”

Supporting our hard-working primary producers through this time of hardship is incredibly important, not only to ease their personal struggle, but also to support the regions affected as whole.

The regions affected by the recent floods are high output areas for the state, as highlighted by Department of Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) Minister, Clare Scriven. “The Murraylands and Riverland is home to over 60% of the State's wine grape production and is the largest producer, by volume, in Australia. These important regions also produce over 90% of the State's citrus and almonds,” explained Clare.

PIRSA have indicated that approximately 500 unique farming enterprises have been impacted by the River Murray flood event. Rural Business Support has been chosen as the charity partner to provide household relief to farming families because of their intimate knowledge of the regional communities affected by the floods and the individual families that are in most immediate need..

All funds raised, including the donations at the SA Flood Recovery Charity Soccer Match, will be collected by Rural Business Support who will administer the distribution of donations through the Relief Fund’s Natural Disaster Support Grants.

The Natural Disaster Support Grants provide assistance to farming families who are doing it tough financially, and are unable to meet their immediate needs having suffered direct loss or damage as a result of a natural disaster, including the recent South Australian River Murray Flood.

“Our financial counsellors are already working with farmers along the Murray to help them to understand the potential short- and long-term impacts of this event for them and their families,” says Brett Smith, Rural Business Support CEO.

The CMV Group Foundation is a charitable trust which is funded from dividends received from its shareholding in the CMV Group. Its charter is to make donations to worthy causes in the broader community. Since the CMV Group Foundation’s formation in 1953 by the late Sidney Crawford, the founder of the company, substantial funds have been given back to the community with the primary aim being to assist those less fortunate or disadvantaged.

If you would like to support farmers and the rural communities affected by the River Murray flooding, you can make a donation below.

Donate to the relief fund here.