Ramsay buys from the bush to support drought-affected communities

Dec 03, 2019

Ramsay Australia is supporting a community initiative called “Buy From The Bush”, which was instigated to promote rural businesses affected by the drought.

Artwork for Ramsay Health Care's 2019 Christmas card was purchased from a rural artist who lives on a farm just outside Dubbo, NSW.

Jacinta Haycock is a mother of 11 whose passions are family, the land, and art. She grew up on a sheep farm at Carinda, three hours north-west of Dubbo. Her brother still works on the original family farm but has faced three consecutive years of below average rainfall, resulting in no farm income.

While Jacinta creates artwork to help support her family, she says her main motivation is to put a smile on people’s faces.

Ramsay Australia CEO Danny Sims said the company wanted to provide support as the drought had proved extremely challenging not only for agricultural businesses, but also smaller operations in these rural communities.

“Ramsay operates more than 20 hospital and clinics located in regional and rural areas in Australia. As a result, many of our staff are unfortunately all too familiar with the devastating effects of the drought,” Mr Sims said.

“This is partly why we felt so strongly about supporting the Buy From The Bush initiative.”