NSWRL Referees have banded together to raise more than $5,900 to be used for a trailer-load of hay bales and much-needed water for the drought-stricken farming communities of New South Wales.

The campaign – spearheaded by NSWRL match official Jake Sutherland – will see funds donated directly to the Rural Aid Initiative, "BUY A BALE".

With the original target of $5,700 already exceeded, the referees will continue to take donations up until the end of the NSWRL regular season.

Donate to the NSWRL Referees Drought Relief GoFundMe page by clicking here, or by searching 'NSWRL Referees Drought Relief' at GoFundMe.