Richmond Chief joins Produce to the People
Produce to the People is delighted to announce its new patron, former north-west Coaster and CEO of the Richmond Football Club, Brendon Gale.
Produce to the People (PttP) , which operates a food relief hub, social enterprise and four-season farm on The Farm at Burnie High School welcomed Gale as its patron in May.
Gale has remained deeply connected to the Coast, long after leaving to join the Tigers as a young player in 1990.
Gale, who returns to Tassie regularly, took the opportunity to tour The Farm with PttP’s founder and general manager Penelope Dodd and Board President Catherine Gale-Stanton (Gale’s sister), in October 2017.
“They do a lot with very little,” Gale said. “Thousands of the region’s most vulnerable visit the farm to access the fresh food that PttP provides, and that number is growing. But, like many volunteer-run charities, the funding doesn’t grow alongside that increased need.”
“I’m humbled and happy to help where I can,” Gale said.
PttP’s founder Penelope Dodd was excited to welcome Gale, alongside celebrity TV chef Ben Milbourne, who is PttP’s first patron.
“We are thrilled Brendon is joining us as patron,” PttP founder and GM Penelope Dodd said.
“His connection to the Coast is so strong, and it’s clear he wants to see the best for the place where he grew up. We are immensely grateful to our donors, but we run on the smell of an oily rag; to continue to grow, gather and give we also need help from the community.
“We have recently been given Deductible Gift Recipient status, which makes donations tax deductible. We rely heavily on donations, fortunately DGR status makes donating to a charity an even more rewarding decision.”
In May this year 2146 people accessed fresh food from the Produce to the People food hub, a 26% increase on 2017.
“We provide an essential service for a growing number of people in our community who are in need,” Ms Dodd said.
“We are looking forward to our new patron’s role in helping PttP continue its role in the community.”
Produce to the People
Penelope Dodd 0409 484 152
Catherine Gale-Stanton 0419 257 626