Now is a good time to re­mem­ber farm­ers

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

AP­PROACH­ING the fes­tive sea­son, let’s re­mem­ber that many Aus­tralian farm­ers have had a tough year be­cause of the drought. Many say it’s the worst in liv­ing mem­ory.

Farm­ers are in­cred­i­bly re­silient, strong and proud. Drought-af­fected farm­ers show re­mark­able strength of char­ac­ter, cop­ing with de­ter­mi­na­tion in the face of hard­ships, do­ing their best to pre­pare ahead of time for the con­di­tions they are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

Yet, with no rain to break the dry spell, many farm­ers and farm­ing com­mu­ni­ties are con­cerned for their liveli­hoods.

The road to re­cov­ery is long.

The drought has ral­lied sup­port for farm­ers in towns and cities Aus­tralia-wide. Tens of thou­sands of peo­ple do­nated to the Red Cross Help Aussie Farm­ers ap­peal.

With these con­tri­bu­tions and with our lo­cal part­ners, the Queens­land Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion, we have reached thou­sands of farm­ers and farm­ing fam­i­lies with fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance. Some farm­ers are re­luc­tant to seek fi­nan­cial sup­port – for all sorts of rea­sons.

How­ever, farm­ers tell us it’s easy to ap­ply for the funds do­nated to Red Cross.

They say the funds reach them quickly to cover house­hold ex­penses such as gro­ceries and util­ity bills.

If you’re a droughtaf­fected farmer or re­liant on farm­ing for your liveli­hood, please come for­ward for sup­port.

Let us ease the bur­den. Look­ing to­wards Christ­mas, we en­cour­age you to keep con­nected and check on fam­ily and friends to en­sure they are OK. Re­mem­ber, the whole coun­try is think­ing of you.

To ac­cess a Red Cross drought re­lief grant, visit red­

— Red Cross CEO, Judy Slatyer Queens­land Coun­try Women’s As­so­ci­a­tion State Pres­i­dent, Chris­tine King

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