Tamworth Country Music Festival fans raise record $56,441 for local community health center

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**Funds raised at Festival 2022 through the sale of limited edition hats and pins provided by Toyota**

** The total raised from patrons at this year’s Festival was a record $56,441. **

**All proceeds this year will go to Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service**

Thousands of fans at this year’s Toyota Country Music Festival in Tamworth (TCMF) raised a remarkable $56,441 for the Tamworth Aboriginal Medical Service (TAMS).

The record amount comes from the sale of the iconic Toyota wide-brimmed straw hats that were available in the Toyota area throughout the Festival for a donation of gold coins, as well as limited-edition pins for a $5 donation who marked the 50and Birthday this year.

Toyota has been a proud supporter of the TCMF for 30 years, with the hat-selling initiative becoming an institution as a long-time fundraiser at the annual festival.

All proceeds from the sale of the hats and pins go to TAMS, which provides culturally appropriate preventative primary health care services to the Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal community of Tamworth and surrounding districts.

TAMS CEO Damion Brown said it was heartwarming to see so many country music fans supporting TAMS and contributing to the services we provide to the local community.

“Donations from the country music community for Toyota hats and lapel pins will provide critical resources that will help TAMS educate our patients throughout their health journey.”

“The support of companies like Toyota and the Tamworth Festival community is essential to enable us to continue to provide essential healthcare services in this region.

Toyota Australia marketing director Vin Naidoo has thanked customers for their generosity in breaking the fundraising record at this year’s Country Music Celebration in Tamworth, although it has been moved from January to April and shortened ten to seven days due to COVID.

“It was an incredible response from country music fans and the wider Tamworth community – a response we couldn’t have had without the support of TCMF organizers and the many volunteers who sold the hats and pins throughout the Festival,” Mr. Naidoo said.

“We are proud to be able to support the dedicated work of the outstanding team at TAMS who provide the highest quality primary healthcare in the Tamworth area and, in particular, to help realize their vision of filling the gaps in Aboriginal health. ”

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