Thank you Queens­land com­mu­ni­ties

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS OPINION -

It has been fan­tas­tic to see in­di­vid­u­als, lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses united to tackle one of the worst droughts on record.

There’s one thing that unites us when there’s a cri­sis.

Aus­tralians want to dig in and help.

We would like to thank ev­ery­one across the state who has taken time to sup­port farm­ers, their fam­i­lies and oth­ers in our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in this ter­ri­ble drought.

Re­cently in some ar­eas of Queens­land, there has been a lit­tle rain, though it has hardly wet the sur­face.

It is go­ing to be a long, hard road ahead for farm­ers and our ru­ral com­mu­ni­ties, so it’s up­lift­ing to see so many peo­ple stick­ing to­gether and lend­ing a hand through these tough times.

While droughts place emo­tional strains on peo­ple who rely on the land to make a liv­ing, farm­ers have been telling our vol­un­teers that it means the world to them that so many Aus­tralians want to help out.

Drought-af­fected farm­ers are show­ing re­mark­able strength, cop­ing with de­ter­mi­na­tion in the face of huge hard­ships.

Fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance is avail­able: farm­ers can go to the Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion web­site and fill out a sim­ple form:

— JUDY SLATYER CEO, Aus­tralian Red Cross

❝Aus­tralians want to dig in and help.

— Judy Slatyer

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