BRIDGING A GAP: Tanya Hennessy has long held a passion for regional Australia, even entering Miss Warwick Showgirl in the past.
BRIDGING A GAP: Tanya Hennessy has long held a passion for regional Australia, even entering Miss Warwick Showgirl in the past.

Comedian kickstarts challenge to help Warwick farmers

COMEDIAN Tanya Hennessy is one of the first to admit she’d have no idea what the reality of water scarcity looked like if she hadn’t seen the first-hand plight of Warwick farmers.

Living in Toowoomba as a radio presenter for years, it was a trip to a nearby farm where the gravity of drought really struck.

“There was a dairy farmer in such bad drought they wouldn’t eat so all their money could go into keeping their cattle,” she said.

“You can’t unsee that, you can’t unlearn it.”

It was why Hennessy teamed up with Rural Aid and Finish for an initiative to deliver 10 million litres of water to communities in need and share simple water saving tips.

For every #Finishwaterwaste hashtag shared via social media and in-store purchase of Finish Quantum Ultimate Pro at Coles, the brand will deliver 40L of water to Australians impacted by drought.

Finish would also deliver 40L each time an Aussie decides to pick up their “40 Litre Challenge”, a campaign getting Aussies to live on 40 litres a day and share their experiences.

A former Miss Warwick Showgirl, Hennessy was one of the first to try the challenge for herself.

“I thought I have this platform maybe I should use it for something to help people in regional and rural Australia, who live on awful water restrictions and do more to bridge that gap between them and the city, ”she said.

“It’s (the challenge) definitely doable but it’s hard, and someone has to go through that every single day.”

Tanya said with simple “game changers” such as not prewashing dishes, Aussies could save up to 40L of water.

Water that was still desperately by local farmers, according to Rural Aid CEO John Warlters.

“The drought isn’t over, despite the perception for many people,” he said.

“Bushfires became the headline, Covid became the headline, and drought was pushed off the front page.

“If it’s not present to people, they assume the problem has gone away but as people in Warwick and the Granite Belt know, it’s just as severe as it was six months (or) 12 months ago.”

Images from the Warwick Finish water drop in 2019.
Images from the Warwick Finish water drop in 2019.

With Mr Warlters predicting the donation-run charity would see demand further increased as summer arrived, the initiative was even more timely.

“We have got the opportunity to influence and change something which if we all do it, it can have a significant impact, and multiply into hundred of thousands,” he said.

“It translates into drinking water to families who have been scrimping and surviving on very little for a period of time.”

Find out more about the 40 Litre Challenge and how to #FinishWaterWaste at www.finishwaterwaste.com.au.



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