Thanks for the help

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS | OPINION -

TO ALL those who have al­ready and con­tinue to do­nate to the Aus­tralian Red Cross Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ap­peal, Help Aussie Farm­ers, I thank you from the bot­tom of my heart.

I’d also like to ex­tend an enor­mous thank you to every­one at the ABC, for the hugely suc­cess­ful ABC Red Cross Ap­peal over the past three days, pro­moted across all chan­nels, rais­ing more than $1.2 mil­lion to sup­port Aus­tralian farm­ers as they cope with this ter­ri­ble drought.

Many donors have told us mov­ing sto­ries, re­in­forc­ing the strong con­nec­tion be­tween Aus­tralians liv­ing in ur­ban ar­eas and farm­ers work­ing on the land.

This is one of the worst droughts on record in some ar­eas of the coun­try and what’s mak­ing it even tougher is that there is no end in sight.

Our Red Cross vol­un­teers are telling us that the ap­peal and other sup­port be­ing pro­vided by so many gen­er­ous Aus­tralians is giv­ing the farm­ers a real emo­tional lift.

It’s go­ing to be a long hard road ahead for farm­ers and their com­mu­ni­ties.

Peo­ple can still do­nate and 100 per cent of all do­na­tions are go­ing to se­verely drought af­fected farm­ers.

The Red Cross Dis­as­ter Re­lief and Re­cov­ery Ap­peal, Help Aussie Farm­ers, is open for the month of Au­gust.

— JUDY SLAYTER Aus­tralian Red Cross CEO

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