LAWD supports Active Farmers
LAWD is delighted to announce a new three-year sponsorship of charity, Active Farmers, to help support the improved health and wellbeing of residents in more than 50 small rural communities across Australia.
Founded by certified fitness coach, Ginny Stevens in 2015 from her family’s mixed farming operation in Southern New South Wales, the not-for-profit organisation partners with local trainers in towns with a population of less than 5,000 people to provide regular fitness classes, health workshops and sporting events.
Ms Stevens said she was inspired to establish Active Farmers as a way to build stronger and more resilient rural communities by designing programs specifically for small farming districts with declining sports clubs and without access to other fitness options.
“Through regular group fitness classes, we have created Active Farmers to bring, not just primary producers, but entire rural and regional communities together,” Ms Stevens said.
“Living in a rural area offers a rich and fulfilling lifestyle, however, the isolation also brings unique challenges that can negatively impact health and wellbeing.
“Our classes are designed to mimic the ‘team sport effect’. It’s a grassroots approach to creating a sense of community and belonging, while offering mental health benefits beyond just increased fitness.
Each month, between 200 and 300 Active Farmers classes are held, across NSW, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia. The organisation also runs a series of health workshops and events, including the upcoming Active Farmers Games at Torbay, WA on 8 October and Run for Resilience at Table Top, NSW on 23 October.
“The positive, long-lasting change Active Farmers aims to achieve is made possible through the support of organisations like LAWD which share our vision to nurture thriving communities,” Ms Stevens said.
“By mid- 2024, it is our goal to grow to service 100 small farming areas and have 2,000 Active Farmers.”
LAWD Director and Boorowa resident, Tim Corcoran, praised Active Farmers on its work to improve health and wellbeing outcomes and said the firm’s sponsorship reflected its commitment to supporting rural Australia.
“Prosperous rural communities are essential to a well-balanced Australia and a thriving agriculture sector and we, as a company, want to help wherever we can,” Mr Corcoran said.
“We are delighted to sponsor Active Farmers, which we believe does an outstanding job of bringing communities together to invest in their health and wellbeing in a fun and interactive environment away from the demands of the farm or business.”
For more information, visit the Active Farmer website, https://activefarmers.com.au/.